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10-18-2013, 09:10 PM
Iron Duke
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Originally Posted by hockey diva View Post
I meant over Poile's career as a GM. And unfortunately, the draft is how you build a team these days. Some of the teams you mentioned, don't need a lot of FA talent, they have a ton of their own, LA, Vancouver in particular. Though I could be wrong on how much home grown talent there is on those teams. Still Poile has fumbled badly in our drafting when we really couldn't afford to do that.
Lombardi had the luxury of inheriting Kopitar, Brown and Quick from Dave Taylor (Kopitar falling to 11 was a mistake by many teams that season), and continued to put out some pretty poor teams for his first few seasons, which enabled him some pretty high draft picks, and also dump players for more draft picks. Poile hasn't really had the luxury of that high a draft position or the ability to sell off assets to tank due to the team's need to stay competitive to retain the fanbase. FWIW, even Lombardi has busted on more than a few 1sts (Hickey at #4, Teubert at #13, Bernier is a great goaltender, but probably a waste of the #11 etc...).

And again, Poile's drafted a considerable amount of NHL talent, with the number of defensemen coming out of the system being especially impressive. Only drawback is the top-end talent, which is real tough to nab when drafting outside the top 10 most seasons. Could definitely, and always, be better, but a poor draft record would not see this organization having the amount of consistent regular season success it has enjoyed over its lifespan.

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