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02-28-2014, 05:47 PM
Join Date: May 2012
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Decent veterans not wanting to come here was what kicked this thing off in the first place. Hindsight being what it is, there was probably never any hope from the start.
Not exactly, it has a lot more to do with poor drafting and management decisions.
Failing at the draft and only developing one legit defenseman in Petry from 03-08 has really set us back.
Having nothing to show for legit top four defenseman in Souray, Pitkanen, and Visnosky has really set us back.
Failing to recognize what we had in big bodied forwards like Glencross and Brodziak who turned into top 9 forwards who make a living playing hard minutes set us back.
Thinking players like Gagner, Hemsky, and Horcoff were apart of the solution and not apart of the problem set us back.
Having the mindset that all we had to do was draft high end prospects and that would be enough to carry us to the top because of what Pittsburgh and Chicago accomplished with players like Crosby, Malkin, Toews, and Kane at the focal point set us back
That's the reason we are in the position we are now. Hindsight is always 20/20 though.
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