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02-28-2014, 08:36 PM
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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.
Yeah, the drafting and development of the organization really tanked the franchise. Even if they had changed all those wasted picks on bust forwards to defensemen, none of them would have made it through the gauntlet that was Predergast's ability to assess talent, the atrocious minor league systems, and terrible head coach(Mact).
When the team can't even spot that the scouting staff and development system is worst in the league, it makes the rest of the bad moves easily explainable - the people who are making the decisions for the franchise simply don't know what they are doing.
Things really haven't changed. The scouting staff is failing on all the but the no-brainer picks, the development system can't develop anything, and they still have no idea how to hire a competent coach. It's not really surprising either, Lowe/Mact were dictating how the organization was run back in 2008, and they are back in charge again in 2014 like nothing ever happened.
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