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05-28-2013, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by jas View Post
My problem with drafting strategy is not that the focus has been on D, but, the lack of attention focus on the center position. The Rangers have passed on the opportunity to draft Getzlaf, Kesler, Richards. Zajac , Stastny, and Berglund...Stepan is probably the best center the Rangers have drafted since Savard. That is why you find yourself signing Brad Richards to the contract they did.

Center is probably the most important position to have depth at in the NHL. Look at all of the teams left LA has Kopitar and Richards. Boston has Bergeron and Krejci. Pittsburgh has Crosby, Malkin, and Sutter. San Jose has Couture and Thornton. Detroit has Zetterberg and Datsyuk.

The only exception is Chicago, and while they don't have two standout centers, they do have Toews, who is better than most, and they also have four very, very good players in their top-6 (Sharp, Hossa, Toews, Kane).

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