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Originally Posted by Illinihockey View Post
The 2011-2012 season saw them dump Campbell's contract which allowed them to extend Sharp and Seabrook, he acquired a 2nd pairing defenseman which played a key role in the 2012-2013 Cup run, signed Stalberg to a dirt cheap extension, traded Brouwer for a 1st round pick, drafted Saad and Shaw as well as Clendening and Danault and worked several rookies into the line up to see which ones were ready to contribute full time (ended up being Leddy, Kruger, and Shaw). From a GM perspective, thats a pretty damn good year. Players have to play when their out on the ice.
This is a great post and really puts things into perspective. How many GM's 2 years after a draft class have 2 contributors (neither drafted in the first round), and 2-3 other very good prospects (depending on how you evaluate McNeil).

The big insight thought is that the players have to be the difference makers. If the Hawks get bounced by DET in game 7 - this board is in a VERY different place right now and fundamentally Bowman did the same exact job. He put the guys in the position to succeed, but they had to capitalize and take advantage of that opportunity. Many of the same guys that came through this year were AWOL in 2011-12.

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