Our system just isn't built to cultivate offensive talent.
Career years under Trtoz by vets like Sullivan and Dumont would suggest otherwise. And he also bumped up the production of Kariya and Arnott to production they hadn't seen for a while. And Radulov scored 26g in a supporting role as a rook.
I would suggest our current system is built around players we currently have-- ones without much offensive talent (when compared to other top NHL teams). Give the man some talent and he'll adapt his system accordingly.
Even if we could have kept Hartnell he was in the Chez Bow Bow de Trotz and probably would have been traded at some point.
Did Upshall deserve to picked that high? Obviously the guy is fragile but even before that was he really going to be much of an offensive weapon?
We are in a terrible loop. We finish just well enough to miss out on any top end talent and can't afford to bring much in via FA. The question becomes do we want, a lousy team that can will be able to draft top 3 or continue muddling our way through hoping we get an infusion of cash to buy some talent?
Last edited by hockey diva: 02-04-2011 at 10:43 PM.
I think the fact that some of Detroit's picks have played a number of NHL games already versus ours with Dekanich being the only one is part of it. Their picks seem to have a higher ceiling than ours do too.