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06-20-2013, 01:15 PM
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Smart drafting is something brought in by management, however. Just because they were 1st rounders doesn't mean they couldn't miss on it. Toews, Doughty, and Kane are all kind of 'gimmes' when you're drafting that high but there are no guarantees.

Look at Columbus, years of high drafting and one legitimate star who was actually a star while playing for them. They've drafted outside the top-10 once and have had more failures than successes. Nash, Voracek and to lesser extents Brassard, Klesla and the too-early-to-tell players like Murray and Johansen are the only picks that weren't absolute flops and only Murray and Johansen are still with the team. That is why management matters.

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