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08-19-2013, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Nuckles View Post
I know it's too early to tell where prospects will be ranked for next year's draft, but I do agree that we should start drafting d-men with our 1st and/or 2nd round picks. D-men take longer to develop, and our current core of defensemen are signed for the next 3-5 years.

The last defenseman we drafted in the first 2 rounds was Yann Sauve back in 2008.
I don't necessarily agree. I think we have done well with picking defensemen later on in the draft. I would go to argue that our long term outlook is better for our backend than our forwards. I think, considering our most recent couple drafts, that centre is our strongest position, but imo we lack depth on the wings.

This obviously could change depending on the progression (or lack of) in the cases of our prospects, but looking to next year I see no reason to prioritize a defenseman over a forward. Edler, Corrado, and Tanev are going to be here for a long time and we have a good number of guys that can carve out NHL careers.

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