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04-24-2013, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by 101st_fan View Post
Your four examples of players who won Cups under the age of 25 were all on teams that had a minimum of 3 top five picks in the span four years. It wasn't just Crosby and Malkin for the Pens ... but Fleury, Whitney, and Staal as well. Kane and Toews had Barker plus the #14 overall Seabrook. If you want that type of rebuild, it takes years of poor performance and the resultant early picks.
Yet we have Weber and Rinne and that's chopped liver? Josi? Klein? Wilson? Yeah, those other teams had some great players on them but it's not like we have a team full of garbage when healthy. We have a great goalie. We have a beast on our top pairing. We have as solid a top 3 defense as you will find anywhere else. We have depth in our top 9 when healthy.

Did LA have a ton of top 3 or top 5 picks? Doughty was second overall. Anyone else from last years team that was a top 5 overall? What about Detroit over the last bunch of years? They found gems later in the draft. Anaheim did it with guys who weren't top 5's for them. Ryan was the only one that comes to mind that was a top 5 for them. Others were free agents or traded for.

People make it sound as if we should play hard, win, miss out on a top 3 pick and try the old Predator way to have success. We have had mild success at best. That's a fact. 7 out of 9 years in the playoffs is great. Two series wins is all we have to show for it. We are a middle of the pack team. We have some very good pieces in place. Add a piece here or there that is top end talent and I bet all of a sudden we are competing with the best teams in the league.

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