The saddest stat of all...
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02-09-2007, 09:06 PM
Join Date: May 2002
I guess the only possible reason for this is that in Montreal, where there is a lot of pressure to make the play-offs and constantly stay competitive, the Habs have never really had the opportunity to enter into the normal rebuilding cycle.
Detroit were bottom feeders before they went on a two-decade tear. Colorado/Quebec, Pittsburg, Tampa Bay, San Jose - all the same thing. These clubs had three or four years of top 5 draft picking before beginning their upswing.
Pretty much the only place you find 100+ point scorers is in the top few slots of each entry draft. You can't buy or trade for these guys. If you do (Savard, Turgeon, Recchi, Kovalev), it is already after the exciting parts of their careers and I guess all you get are 8th place finishes and 70 point seasons!
We really missed a big chance to do a serious rebuild a few years ago (after Houle). We have done the right thing recently at the draft table. We've had good personel in our scouting departments for a change - too bad we didn't have the big picks for them to work with!
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