Clarke's attempt to turn our team into the Oakland Raiders of the NHL
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02-13-2004, 10:16 AM
Who's the clown?
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Semmes, Alabama
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Absolutely not. They added pieces through trades and signing.
Red Wings 1st Cup was won with
Yzerman, Fedorov, Lidstrom, McCarty, Lapointe, Ward and Draper all clearly homegrown and were major contributors. This leaves out a few European players that were 1st brought over by the wings but had already played many seasons in Europe.
Colorado had Sakic, Forsberg, Kamensky, Foote, Deadmarsh and Simon as major contributors that were homegrown.
Dallas had Modano, Lehtinen, Langenbrunner, Hatcher and Matvichuk
If you look at our team right now we have:
Gagne, Therien and Pitkanen that you could say are homegrown. And Pitkanen's still a rookie.
Not only are we short on numbers, we're short on quality as well. Clarke can't be entirely faulted here, he haven't sucked enough to get high draft picks. And Clarke's drafted well. But under him there has not been any patience shown with younger players. We haven't given them the time needed to develop. Many have been traded at the 1st sign of a slump.
Lets look at our 1st picks since 1995.
1995 Boucher - Traded
1996 Zubrus - Traded
1997 Jean-Marc Pelletier - Traded
1998 Gagne - Still here
1999 Ouellet - Traded
2000 Williams - Traded
2001 Woywitka - Traded
2002 Pitkanen - Still here
2003 Carter - In Jr's still
Developing young players is a not easy. And a lot of it is hit and miss.
Who knows how some of those players develop if we hold onto them?
But thats a lot of trading regardless.
Does anyone know if there is a team that has traded away more of their 1st picks in the same amount of time? Not including the 2003 picks, the Flyers traded 6 of their last 8. That's gotta be one of the worst in the league if not THE worst.
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