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07-23-2013, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Watsatheo View Post
I think people take 'building through the draft' too literal. It can include drafting and developing prospects and using them to trade as well - see Sens with the Ryan trade. You can't make those types of trades without building up organizational depth with quality prospects other teams actually want and you have expendable.
I was just going to post that. Drafting well also includes having very good young players close to NHL ready that you can trade for missing pieces on a contender. Even if the Habs contend before the 2013 draft class is ready(in 3-5 years) those are still valuable assets either to come in and keep the Habs at or near the top or as excellent assets to trade if needed.

The logical ETA for the Habs to be a top 5 team year in and year out is in about 2 years with Galchenyuk as #2(growing in to #1) or #1 center. The window is really open at that point with Tinordi and Beaulieu also approaching their prime on defense and hopefully Price more consistent as a top 5 NHL goalie year in and year out. Guys like Gorges Plekanec Emelin Diaz will still be in their primes. Gionta and Markov, one maybe both will have moved on.

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