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05-23-2013, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by FLYguy3911 View Post
Cousins wasn't an overager.

When you draft for need you end up with a 6th defenseman when you could have had a second line forward. You can get away with it in football, but in hockey when guys are so far away from their peak and actually making an impact, you hurt the talent pool of your organization by doing so. Unlike football, by the time these guys are physically ready for the NHL (often 2-3 years) the landscape of a team can change dramatically- just take a look at our roster 2 calender years ago.

I want a defenseman as much as anyone, but history shows you have a better chance finding a #1 defenseman than a first line forward outside of the first round.
That is simply not true. If Risto is available and Lindholm/Monahan is gone, you are taking Risto without the thought that he is a 6th defenseman. But if Lindholm is there and you take Risto over him, he suddenly becomes a 6th defenseman? Come on. It is not a hard and fast rule that drafting for need leads to a wasted pick. REACHING to draft a need might bite you in the ass, but drafting a defenseman who is ranked high on your board over a center that is ranked maybe, one position higher, is not a wasted pick.

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