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11-01-2013, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by alphafox View Post
This. We missed our chance to pick up elite talent because we finished middle of the pack again last year. If we're lucky the guys we picked up at the draft allow us to roll lines ala the Bruins/Blues model in the near future (Wennberg, Dano, and Rychel all were pegged as second line guys. If Murray and Erixon develop we will have a very solid D corp and a top flight nhl goalie in Bob. Regardless without some amazing draft and development luck we will never be a talented, exciting team. However we can be effective which is most important.

Hopefully we use the depth we have built to flip assets into better players, which looks to be our best bet for championships in the future.
And what a finish it was! I would't avoid using the word "exciting" to describe it.

The alternative, to finish so poorly that we could pick up elite talent, would mean a very different fan experience and CBJ player experience and a much longer summer. Just for the chance to get a kid who may or may not develop.

I'm not saying middle of the pack, mediocre, average play finishing just out of the 8th spot is always a good thing. But last year's finish to that same destination was arguably more valuable to this team than a higher draft pick.

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