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02-11-2014, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Fitzy View Post
I just don't trust the juniors. I have no reservations saying that Greg Carey or Buchnevich have top 6 potential. True 1st line players are rare and usually known to be quality ahead of the draft. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between. We've been fortunate with some very good 2nd line players that we drafted in the 2nd round onwards.
I understand this thinking, but recall that Duke (like about 50 players every year, granted) was one of the potential 1st rounders going into his draft year - and then had a terrible year, which is what caused him to slip. It's not like he came out of nowhere. And his numbers - at 18 - are simply fantastic. To your point, if he had been born a couple of weeks later, he'd be going into THIS draft and he'd BE one of those guys who's known to be quality ahead of it.

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