The Official Ron Hextall as Flyers GM endorsement Thread
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05-07-2014, 09:02 PM
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I am not sure what Hextall has done to warrant such admiration as an assistant GM. LA was terrible for a long time, which is something he cant do in Philly, and acquired a ton of draft choices. There was a lot of misses in those choices: Thomas Hickey, Colton Teubert, and Derek Forbort from the 1st round. He got there in June of 2006 so I am not sure if Bernier and Lewis is on him but it is not an impressive record for 1st round drafting especially compared to Holmgren.
LA was terrible for a long time, sold off their team multiple times at the deadline, and acquired a lot of picks and thus assets that they traded to get over the top. That strategy, though successful, does not work with the Flyers ownership and 18,000 season ticket holders. He will be under a totally different set of circumstances and expectations here. Nothing about LA will apply to Philly. Case in point, fans calling for Holmgren to be fired after missing the playoffs once during a strike shortened season.
Hickey was bad luck more than anything. It was a reach at the time, and kept getting injured. He is rightfully in the NHL, but injuries will stunt development, plus he was passed on the depth chart.
LA was terrible but they were also terrible when Lombardi and Hextall inherited the team. That isn't the case here, it's a different situation. They didn't have a Giroux and Voracek who were established as top-line players or a Couturier who is established as one of the premiere defensive forwards in the game. The Flyers don't need to burn everything and run into the woods, the Kings did.
I don't dispute that the Kings don't have that strong of a drafting record, but look at how they made that not matter. Now, apply ways it was made to work here. They still have talented defensemen playing key roles (Martinez and Muzzin) who combined make less than #6 defenseman Luke Schenn. It was obviously of benefit of the Flyers obviously that they draft well in Round 1, but they also left no room for error, an effect that was the cause to trading other high draft picks.
The year they "missed" on Forbort, they took Tyler Toffoli in round 2 who they did not miss on.
The year they missed on Teubert, they took Slava Voynov in round 2, who they also didn't miss on.
The year they missed on Hickey, they took Wayne Simmonds in round 2, then Alec Martinez and Dwight King in round 4.
And when you find talent later, it takes longer for them to cost more money, and they cost less than free agents do.
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