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06-26-2013, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by JacketsFanWest View Post
The issue with drafting the BPA in hockey is that with an 18 year old draft, there's so much development time for defensemen and goalies that the ability to trade to get what you need becomes difficult.

The top 10 may be nearly all forwards. The Oilers indicated they were after a forward, many of the teams need scoring like Calgary and Dallas. If 2-3 defensemen go in the top 13, then the Jackets could get Risto at #14 and Pulock at #19 or even #27.

Drafting two defensemen wouldn't make Murray expendable since he's practically two years older than them. Risto may need time to adapt to NA. It's going to help in 3 years, but in the mean time...? It doesn't make Goloubef or Prout expendable since they're needed for depth. They could trade Mike Reilly, but what could they get for him? Teams haven't gotten that much for trading young defensemen immediately (John Moore really didn't have that much trade value). Playing with 3 defensemen under the age of 20 isn't also going to work, so Tyutin, JJ and Wiz are still needed.

BPA works in the later rounds as part of stocking the pantry with quality prospects. But there does need to be a plan for how the prospects fit together as part of an overall plan for first and second rounders - unless someone the scouts are incredibly convinced about is available. If choosing between 2+ players the scouts really like, how the players fit into a plan is the best strategy since there are limited number of positions in the organization.

When there were 10-12 defensemen in Springfield, it meant the youngsters who were struggling never played and Theo Ruth and Anton Blomqvist are now complete busts. Maybe that was inevitable, but that situation was completely mismanaged. Competition is good, but defensemen need to play and after dozens of games in the press box, they're going to struggle and never get back on the ice.
I don't disagree with some of what you say, but I still go BPA in the first round. It is the other rounds where I would draft more for need if there is a certain position(s) that we need.

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