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02-23-2004, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Lake Harriet
It's not fair to go back and look at each pick and see if any of the hundreds of later selected players turned out better. The answer will usually be yes. So far, Schultz is the only pick who has really proven to be a very good one. Gaborik was a no brainer pretty much. Other picks look like they have a decent chance to be good, but the players have not proven themselves yet in the NHL. Dominant teams are not built on No. 3 picks like Gaborik, because you just get very few of those. They are built on picks like Schultz (No. 33) who turn out to be very good NHL players, if not stars.
Well I didn't really want to undermine the management or say that what they did was completely wrong, I just often find myself looking back at past drafts thinking "that guy must have looked real good to be drafted that high with these guys also available." Kind of a fun "what if" game. But I agree with you on Schultz, that was a very very good pick.

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