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06-10-2013, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by DrinkFightFlyers View Post
He also could have drafted someone completely different. Say he made a bad trade is fine, but to make assumptions about who they would have picked is pointless.
Yes and no. Holmgren's logic was mixed with that trade. He felt that a lower end 1st round pick was not as valuable as getting a player that had some experience under his belt and was still young like Eminger was. Also didn't help that Eminger looked good against the Flyers in the playoffs. The right handed shot thing probably also factored in. In short, if you add some context Holmgren wasn't completely off his rocker necessarily with the trade at the time (although I was livid) but it turned out to be a debacle. Stuff like that happens but again if you add some more context to it you can say that the Flyers focus on acquiring more NHL ready D men rather than developing them came back to bite them hard big time that draft.

Also, if the Flyers are so great with drafting as many of us typically claim on these boards, it's not out of the question that they would have picked up either one of those guys at that spot considering that they were looking to stock up on D men that year (as the Eminger trade also confirmed) and the Sbisa pick earlier in the draft who we subsequently traded for Pronger.

I've always been curious as to where the scouting staff had either of those guys ranked if they had retained that pick. Heck wonder where they had Henrique ranked and to a lesser extent Markstrom....

Obviously, they would know if Holmgren's gross miscalc with Eminger wouldn't have really mattered much....

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