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05-28-2013, 01:02 PM
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The Draft: Did we focus TOO much on defense?

Here's a look at our first round selections in the past 10 years:

Year Num Name Pos
2003 12 Hugh Jessiman RW
2004 6 Al Montoya G
2005 12 Marc Staal D
2006 21 Sanguinetti D
2007 17 Cherepanov RW
2008 20 Michael Del Zotto D
2009 19 Chris Kreider C
2010 10 Dylan McIlrath D
2011 15 J.T. Miller C
2012 28 Brandy Skjei D

It seems that after years of poor effort and results from hired mercenaries, the Rangers made a conscious effort to start building from the net out. Montoya, after a sterling performance at the WJCs. Staal, Sanguinetti, MDZ, McIlrath. Their offense has been left in the hands of overpaid mercenaries like Drury, Gomez, Gaborik and Richards, without much of a supporting cast.

The results have not been terribly surprising.

I know hindsight is 20/20 but in the years we drafted defensemen, Kopitar, Oshie, Giroux, Berglund, Eberle, and Ennis were all available. And thats just first round selections. I would have liked to have seen more Cherepanov-type picks, in hopes of grabbing an offensive stud who could produce on a cheap ELC. It seems terribly inefficient to sign goal scorers in the UFA market. They begin aging before they even hit free agency.

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