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06-06-2013, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Monctonscout View Post
Draft is still about asset acquisition, if you get a great asset and it doesn't fit what you need you can trade it for great value, a poor asset is a poor asset even if it fills a small need.
Elegantly put. It's amazing that some people just don't get it. Drafting for need means that unless you are drafting in the top three or so, you are reaching in that you are prepared to take a lesser talent to fill some perceived need. The problem is, that if and when that drafted player finally does makes the NHL , the need he was originally drafted to fill may well have changed. The draft should be about asset acquisition, or the application of the 'Best Player Available' approach. Teams that deviate from this methodology will not be successful. You draft for assets and trade or use free agency to fill any immediate needs. Timmins should create his 'value' board and adhere to it despite any braying from the sidelines about the team's supposed needs. Timmins and his staff's ability to accurately rank the talent available and their ability to correctly determine how those players will project as NHL players will determine our success at this upcoming draft.

Let us hope that he drafts wisely.

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