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10-23-2013, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by barrytrotzsneck View Post
Traditional wisdom states that when there's a negligible drop from player to player, drafting for need isn't a bad way to go. Case in point: the Edmonton Oilers

Taking Jones at 4 instead of Lindholm was absolutely the right move. Taking him over Barkov or Mackinnon? Maybe not.
I 100% agree.... IF we were talking about the NBA or NFL. However, the NHL is like MLB. You DON'T draft based on your needs. You draft based on the best player available.

Why is MLB and NHL different? Because you don't draft players to fill holes that you have RIGHT NOW. You draft expecting players to develop 3-5 years down the road. And guess what, we have NO idea what holes we will have in our lineup 3-5 years down the road.

Point being, you sign free agents and make trades based on your team's needs. You draft the best players no matter the position.

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