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05-20-2013, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Snotbubbles View Post
Part of the problem with drafting defensemen are that they usually take longer to develop. So by the time they hit their prime years, they are either at or close to their UFA years. Really, the only advantage I see to drafting a defenseman high is that you get first crack at negotiating with them if they end up being good.

Better off to draft a forward who you get a return on at a low cost and use up their prime years (since they usually come at a younger age) and then move them before they begin their decline. The way they handled Richards and Carter as assets was near perfection, IMO (would have like to see 1 defensive prospect) with how they should operate going forward.
I agree also.

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