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05-20-2013, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by dnicks17 View Post
I'm in the same boat.

Having to wait 2-3 is normal for draft picks. We've just been spoiled with 1st overall picks steeping right in. Those 2-3 years shouldn't be any kind of deterrent against picking a defenseman.

The wait for defensemen always seems to get exaggerated too. Look at the last few drafts. Gudbranson, Fowler, Tinordi, Pysyk, Faulk, Prout, Larsson, Hamilton, Brodin all breaking in within 1-3 years of being drafted. Murray, Reinhart, Rielly, Lindholm, Trouba from 2012 who look like they'll more than likely do the same. Even some wildcards with Dumba, Pouliot and Koekoek who could be added to that list.
I'm completely fine waiting for Nurse, Risto or whatever D man if they have the upside. We've been patient with Klefbom, and it looks like its going to pay dividends. There's nothing wrong with sending a guy back to junior to take on a top pairing role, and potentially a spot on the WJC and then a year or two in the AHL. I'm fine waiting for that.

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