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12-17-2013, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Anthony Mauro View Post
There is no such thing as a weak draft, just weak scouting. Every draft may not produce a generational, but it will always produce top line talent.

I believe those not named Reinhart and Ekblad don't have the brand power as top picks in the past, but will severely outproduce expectations. The top two knowns on the other hand, may have a bit more than they can handle - Ekblad moreso than Reinhart.
What makes a draft good is its depth. A deep draft means your likelihood of finding top-4 or top-6 talent doesn't decrease until later rounds. A weak draft means a there are tons of guys who could be drafted anywhere from 2nd to 5th and most won't ever sniff the nhl. We saw that in 1996, 1999 and 2005.

1990 was considered a great draft before draft day. Nolan, Jagr, Nedved, Primeau and Ricci went 1-5. Brodeur went 20th. Tkachuk one pick before him.

The Rangers that year drafted Zubov, Weight and Nemchinov. Two borderline hall of famers and neither a 1st rounder.

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