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01-23-2004, 06:14 PM
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Oates trade revisisted

I know I'm probably in the minority in this, but the Flyers/Caps trade with Oates isn't the worst trade I've ever seen. I only mention this because it's generally considered to be one of the most lopsided trades in recent memory.

The final tally:

G Maxime Ouellet
26th overall (pick was traded, Dallas used it on D Martin Vagner)
59th overall (G Maxime Daignault)
92nd overall (C Derek Krestanovich)

C Adam Oates
85th overall (D Alexander Picard) -- 2003 draft pick compensation for losing Oates to Anaheim

Even with Oates' lackluster performance in Orange and Black, I think losing Ouellet was worth taking a shot in their situation. Don't think Clarke is really sweating bullets on missing out on a guy like Vagner, or a 2nd tier goalie prospect like Daignault; trading up and getting Pitkanen helps out a bunch too.

Plus, wasn't 2002 expected to be a really subpar draft year past the top 5 picks? I dunno, I think this trade just epitomizes how we sometimes overrate draft picks/prospects.

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