Thread: Why Jarvis?
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02-16-2004, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by PrairieHabber
A couple of points:

First, being a higher draft pick never guarantees success. You need good coaching to help most players take it to the next level. Whether it's added motivation, defensive play or whatever, an 18 year never arrives NHL-ready.

Second, here are some mid to lower round picks that they developed:

-Jere Lehtinen - 4th round pick
-Roman Turek - 6th round pick
-Brad Lukowich - 4th round pick (by Isles but traded to Dal as 20 yr old)

No, there aren't any Michael Ryder's but most teams don't have many if any players on their rosters that they developed after selecting them lower than the 7th-8th round. My point is simply that Gainey and Jarvis (and later Hitchcock) built an excellent core of young players and added free agents where needed. They didn't start spending money on the free agent market until they drafted or traded for the core of their team.

My error regarding mentioning Zubov earlier. While the coaching staff didn't develop him, Gainey had the wisdom to trade for him as a 25 year old (from the Rangers).

That's not really a very good ratio considering all the years he spent with the Stars. How many years did the above poster saying he spent with the Stars? Only developing three mid-late round picks. That's well below average

Mike Modano was a star with the Dallas organization or without them. His talent is outstanding. They never made him. Same with Matvichuk and Hatcher. It's no credit to Jarvis bringing up a young superstar like that.

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