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06-26-2010, 09:21 AM
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Jovanoski was the 1st overall pick of his draft. Having the same expectations for McIlrath is unfair.

As an Islanders fan, I would be more comfortable if I knew that Sather was the one pushing for McIlrath. I have always liked and respected Gordie Clark and I think that over the years he has proven himself to be an outstanding judge of talent.

Unfortunately for McIlrath, defensemen take time to develop and New York fans (regardless of the sport/organization) are notorious for their impatience.

As far as the asset management arguments, sure there are other large-bodied d-men still out there - but with every scouting report i've read raving about the progress McIlrath has made over the course of the season, he is the one that Clark obviously felt the most comfortable with. Classic boom/bust - only time will tell.
What I mean is that he needs to become a top 4 D-man who can handle big minutes, who plays nasty and intimidates. That's Jovanoski the actual player, not the #1 overall pick.

And, yes, the Rangers are banking on the development curve they saw over the 2nd half of the season. The argument will remain McIlrath v. Fowler. I am not convinced McIlrath was BPA at this spot, and we won't know this for another few years or so. Even if McIlrath becomes the Rangers' version of Brooks Orpik, I'm not sure that this was player to pick in this spot.

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06-26-2010, 09:58 AM
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Here is my take:

It is clear they targeted this guy. The issue was this draft was all over the place.
There was no set order as picks were coming differently as "projected."
That was the biggest problem in my eyes.
Look at CLB and the NYI...they wanted to trade back but couldn't.
If there was some certainty...then they could have traded back.
So what did they do instead? They took their guy.
I see the same situation here. The NYR wanted DMC and figured why risk it.
The argument to me is why were they set on him and not the others.
I am always a proponent of BPA but I understand this move too.
Unless you think Tarasenko was going to jump right in,
none of these guys would help right away.
But again, as Clark ends this interview with,
"Just like Krieder, we did our homework with him," I trust them.
http://rangers.nhl.tv/team/console.j...=1095&id=73162
He talks about how good his feet are. That is always my concern with big skaters.
It is like hip angle/openness with CB's in football. Either you have it or you don't.

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06-26-2010, 11:28 AM
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I trust McIlrath will turn out well, as well Grachev.

Werek I'm not so sure about.

So yeah, nothing has changed.

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06-26-2010, 11:50 AM
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Gordie Clark >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Internet Fanboy

And it's not even close.

I'm sure if it was possible to trade down and still take who they were after, they would have done so. Let's give it at least 2 years before we get a real indication of how much they screwed this up. The way Clark has conducted the past few drafts, I'm not that worried.

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06-26-2010, 12:41 PM
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If the kid works out Sather and Clark deserve credit. If he fails, they are both to blame.
This.

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Gordie Clark >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Internet Fanboy

And it's not even close.

I'm sure if it was possible to trade down and still take who they were after, they would have done so. Let's give it at least 2 years before we get a real indication of how much they screwed this up. The way Clark has conducted the past few drafts, I'm not that worried.
Bingo.

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Tho the trading of Sangs makes me feel more uneasy about pickling McIlrath

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Originally Posted by Leopold Stotch View Post
Gordie Clark >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Internet Fanboy

And it's not even close.

I'm sure if it was possible to trade down and still take who they were after, they would have done so. Let's give it at least 2 years before we get a real indication of how much they screwed this up. The way Clark has conducted the past few drafts, I'm not that worried.
Then why are there people with better track records on here than the pros?

Working in the industry for 12 years, i've learned that there are people outside of the business who seem to get it a lot more often then the people who get paid to do it for a living.

Having said that, I think very highly Clark.

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