Thread: Prospect Info: Flyers actual 2013 draft rankings
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08-15-2013, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Protest View Post
The problem with the pick is that you're taking a guy in the 3rd with a good shot of making the NHL, but only ever being a 4th line defensive specialist/pker/fighter. That is a player that can be had every offseason as a FA, or even in season as a waiver wire pickup.

Would you trade a 3rd round pick for Adam Hall? The only way this works out is if he turns out to be more along the lines of Talbot.
It's much cheaper to just pull a guy up from your own system though. On the one hand I get the rationale, you need to have balance in your system between high upside projects and guys that actually have a safer chance of seeing NHL action one day. As much as fans would all love to fill out the farm system with lottery tickets and hope we luck into the next Chara or Datsyuk, you need to mitigate the risk of not having enough NHL ready guys in case you need to plug someone into the lineup in an emergency down the road.

That being said, you shouldn't be reaching for those guys in the 2nd or 3rd round. They can be had in the 5th-7th or even as college/undrafted free agent signings.

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