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12-24-2013, 05:03 PM
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I fully understand the issue with finding a #1 D. I don't know if that is in Morin's future. Maybe it is. Maybe it isn't. Here is a list of top 10 picks for D from 2004-2010:
Barker, Smid & Valabik
J. Johnson, Lee & Bourdon
E. Johnson
Hickey, Alzner & Ellerby
Doughty, Bogosian, Pietrangelo & Schenn
Hedman, Ekman-Larson & Cowen
Gudbranson & McIlrath

That's 19 D and most of the guys that are actually considered #1 D were taken top 5. To me, he isn't close to a guarantee. Meanwhile Pacioretty is a proven NHL first line winger.

The other thing that makes so little sense to me is the guys being listed as D prospects are all likely 3-5 years away from being impactful for the Flyers. Giroux & Voracek are now in their prime. Couturier is almost there. The team up front looks pretty good and Mason is playing well too. I know the glaring issue that should be addressed is on D, but sitting and waiting years for prospects to address it seems like a total waste of what could be a very good team.

And I don't think the price is as outrageous as some suggest. It probably is going to take a bit more than Bobby Ryan's return, but that is because MP is locked up. The Canadiens have a huge deficiency in grit/size in their forwards. When you have 3 quality guys in that mold with Simmonds, Downie and Hartnell, I think one of them would be the primary target in a trade. If Morin was part of the deal, but a defenseman who is NHL ready came back in the package, it makes sense.

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