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11-08-2013, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by thadd View Post
I was just thinking today...

I can't see the Sabres draftin Ekblad if they get the first overall pick. I could see Philly going for him... but if we ended up drafthing him we'd have a serious problem.

He's easily the highest ranked draft eligible d-man at the next draft.
That means it'll be expected the he plays as an 18 year old.
That means we're giving minutes to some kid with no NHL experience while we're supposed to be moving forward.

I see a pattern, don't you?

Would it be crazy to say that with the except of drafting the likes of Doughty, Crosby and Ovechkin that you'd be nuts to let an 18 year old play on your team unless you were tanking the season for more early picks?
I'd hope that Nurse comes in and dominates. If he does then it would be easy to justify returning Ekblad to junior. Tampa managed to return Drouin to junior without even letting him play a game so they shouldn't feel forced even without Nurse's help.

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