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12-16-2013, 01:30 PM
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I think Holmgren and company were going BPA in that draft, and after seeing Couts slip so far, there was nobody else they were going to pick.

And I know everybody likes to rag on the Flyers for their inability to draft/develop defensemen (for a good reason), but it looks like they've changed their philosophy over the past year or so. After the Weber/Suter situations, I think management finally realized that they're going to have to build the blue line from within, rather than through free agent signings or trades.

Look at the past draft - almost all defensemen. And according to Meltzer's write up the other day, they've vowed to be patient with developing them. If one or two of these guys pan out to be a legit top pairing d-man, we've got a pretty solid core moving forward. But that's a big if. Drafting defensemen is a total crapshoot, hence their inflated value around the league right now.

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