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05-23-2013, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Prongo View Post
You get burned taking a need. I am confident that most(should be all) will take players they think have the highest potential at their pick, despite of their needs. You can't risk making those types of mistakes with that high of a pick.
But like others have said already, BPA will arguably be a need (ie, D) or close enough that it's a wash. If there's a surprise drop of Nichushkin or Lindholm, for example, Holmgren and the scouts should by all means re-evaluate; however, the projected BPAs right around 11 include several very good defense picks. It's not like the Flyers would go way off board to explicitly choose a defenseman.

At 7, under the Oiler trade-back scenario, Button has both Lindholm and Nichushkin available and Nurse already gone. As much as I've been an advocate of bolstering their defensive prospects, I'd be pleased with either one of them over Zadorov / Ristolainen / etc.

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