The Official Ron Hextall as Flyers GM endorsement Thread
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05-08-2014, 09:07 AM
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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.
This is a great way to look at things. 1st round picks get the most scrutiny, rightfully so, but what a team does with the rest of their draft picks is also very important.
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