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06-12-2013, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Ginu View Post
While I agree that you have to pick BPA, it's also right that you can rarely trade for big skilled wingers. It'll generally take two smaller skilled guys to trade for a big skilled winger who may get drafted around the same time.

It's also been said that we already have Pacioretty, Gallagher, Galchenyuk and Eller as four out of our future top 6. We need two guys to pan out. We already have:


for those roles and they're doing well. Maybe one becomes a top 6 forward? So we can risk taking guys with size this year. If we take:

Mantha - a 50 goal scorer who's 6'5" no matter how you look at it. Who were the last 50 goal scorers with size who failed?
Hartman - looks like a Hartnell clone to me
McCarron - has great potential

and only one turns out, that's all we need. The rest of the guys provide third line depth. Whether those three guys will be around is irrelevant; they are examples. You have to be willing to take calculated risks. Given the current state of our forward prospects, this year we can take the risk of drafting top six potentials with size and skill. You hedge your bets and it's about time that people submitted huge offers to us for our big players rather than the other way around. Nobody will offer anything for our Desharnais's.

We don't need homeruns on our four picks in the first two rounds this year. We've had successful drafts the last few years. What we do need is players with both size and skill. And this is the only place you find them for a reasonable value.
Kinda hard to argue with that. Well put!

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