Exactly, look at how the Oilers have faired over the last few years. The Redwings on the other hand never pick high and have done very well.
That is not true. The recent teams are built on quality retention but Yzerman, the key guy who turned that franchise from a laughing stock into respectibility? 4th overall. Primeau (3rd overall) was used to eventually land them Shanahan, though Joe Murphy (1st overall) pretty much was a flop while other top 10 picks in that era didn't help them nearly enough. The Wings future successes were seeded in those struggles. That they've evolved into a destination market is testiment to how Holland runs things. It also hasn't hurt to have one of the best defensemen in history performing at a high level for 2 decades....
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