The Draft: Did we focus TOO much on defense?
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05-28-2013, 03:43 PM
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I was waiting for this.
Is BPA truly the best strategy? I contend that in a salary-capped league where UFA age is 27, forwards should be given higher priority in the draft than defensemen.
Prime offensive years are generally between 22-28. Defensemen take longer to development, their primes are later, and they age better. In other words, its more cost-efficient to sign defensemen via free agency than it is to sign forwards.
It depends on what you get out of it.
The Rangers haven't had a shortage of NHL quality forwards. Rather, it's been the dearth of true gamebreaker forwards that was the issue.
While a forward will provide more prime years before UFA age, a better defenseman will be worth more for the years that he is playing. I'd rather have a second pairing defenseman than a second/third line tweener forward (in a vacuum). I'd rather have a first line forward more than both, but that really depends on whether you think you can hit the home run, doesn't it?
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