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06-26-2013, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by RDriesenUD View Post
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.
Trading down is the other option. It's possible they get into a situation where the BPA are all defensemen.

If the worst possible scenerio happens, and the Jackets are stuck picking between say Risto and Kerby Rychel, then they shouldn't take the forward only because he's a forward. But they could trade down and pick up a higher-risk forward like Pavel Buchnevich and NCAA-bound defensemen like Thomas Vannelli.

In the later rounds, it's a crap shoot, so they might as well go with players their scouts have good hunches about. They can't guarantee a player will or won't turn out as part of a larger strategy.

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