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04-25-2013, 09:23 AM
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I've seen a few people saying the Flames should draft by position because of the quantity of first rounders. I really disagree. That's a really dangerous way of drafting. Drafting isn't the only way of filling organizational holes. You can get big physical defensemen anywhere. I don't know why you would waste a 1st rounder on one. That's what Tampa did with Andy Rogers in 2004, passing up Bolland, Booth, Krejci, Goligoski. This isn't the NFL where they draft for next year's lineup. Picking for every position because they have so many picks is a trap. Pure scoring and playmaking should be far and away number one on the criteria list. Who knows what the intangibles are in a 17 year old anyway. You can teach a scorer how to check, you can't teach a checker how to score.
If they end up with 3 leftwingers in the first round, so be it.

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