The Oilers And Drafting Defensemen
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05-16-2013, 11:24 AM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Red Deer, Alberta
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Dmen can be drafted with later picks and lots of times they turn out better.
#1 centers can usually only be acquired through the draft and usually with only high picks.
So if we have a choice between a potential #1 center and #1 D - I go with the center every time.
In this draft, the 2nd round dmen are just as talented as the top ranked guys.
Also - lol at some of you for Alzner comments. His game has morphed under Oates. He is asked to jump up and support the rush and attack in offensive zone much more and he has thrived. He is great at the transition game and has a great 1st pass. Seriously why comment if you haven't watched much of a player?
Yes, later drafted d-men can end up better, but its even more likely that later round d-men don't make it. You can bring up all sorts of 2nd rounders like Subban and Weber, but you need to remember that this isn't necessarily the norm. In general, you need to draft more d-men just to get some that can play. Banking on all of your 2nd and 3rd round drafted d-men making it is outright foolish.
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