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05-30-2013, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Soundgarden View Post
Nobody is saying that whoever we pick will turn us into cup champs next year. In 3-5 years, though, having Forsberg, Barkov, and Wilson up front will turn us into contenders. No body is calling for Barkov or even Forsberg to play 20:00 a night every night next year.

I'm sorry you are skeptical about 17/18 year old draftees Byrddog but that's how the draft works, you draft 17-20 year olds and within a few years they are stars you are depending on to win big games. If we pick the right one they can most certainly turn us into a cup contender, just look at the final four in the conference finals NOW. Pittsburgh, Chicago, L.A., Boston all have top 5 picks contributing to various degrees.

Trading our very rare top 5 pick for a 25-27 year old 30 goal scorer will be a waste, as, once again we will not be in the running for the cup next year. But if we don't trade it, it's possible we can solidify our offense for once, and then we can start competing for cups yearly like teams with multiple top five picks.

The fact of the matter is that drafting has improved tremendously in just the last ten years alone. You are almost guaranteed a semi-star to franchise player in the top 5, yes there are hits and misses, but for the most part you can expect these 18 year old kids to do very well in a few short years.
I just came to post this exact same post. Well put sir.

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