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02-23-2012, 02:10 AM
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The impact of Kekalainen

Blues finished dead last in 05-06 and things were not going so well. Look where they are now. Drafting is the single most important thing in today's NHL team management. Blues have succeed very well in that part.

”I knew already back then, how huge role Kelalainen was going to have. When the new boss John Davidson took charge – and the rebuilding began – I said already back then that Jarmo Kekalainen is the single most important person in this organization. Blues had to draft well”, says Andy Strickland.

How big of an impact Kekalainen has had? He's also said that his ultimate goal is to be a GM in the NHL - do you see that happening? Maybe with the Blues?

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His first draft was 2003, sure he screwed up the 1st round when we could've had Eriksson and he took Belle, but Backes and Stempniak were pretty good picks.

Polak, Nikitin, and Reaves were late round picks. He also had multiple mid round selections that have been successful, to go along with the long list of early round picks that have worked out.

Jarmo is the reason we are, where we are today.

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02-23-2012, 02:57 AM
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Yeah love Jarmo's draft picks. Oshie and Perron are looking like fantastic picks for being late 1st rounders.

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Jarmo was great at scouting, but i'm glad Doug Armstrong is our GM and not Jarmo.

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And lets not forget some of his draft picks that never even ended up playing here, but still are developing into big time players. Hjalmarsson, Eller come to mind right now.

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And lets not forget some of his draft picks that never even ended up playing here, but still are developing into big time players. Hjalmarsson, Eller come to mind right now.
Different Hjalmarsson. The Blues drafted Simon, a winger.

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Different Hjalmarsson. The Blues drafted Simon, a winger.
As I typed that I was wondering what trade the Blues made with the Hawks to send him there. D'oh.

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In Jarmo we trust.

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They haven't failed to get value out of the first round since 2005. It's not just Jarmo but the whole scouting department. Bill Armstrong pushing hard for David Perron in 2007 for example.

2005 Oshie
2006 Shattenkirk, Berglund, Stewart (EJ value)
2007 Halak, Perron, Cole (Eller value)
2008 Pietrangelo (maybe the best Blues pick ever when all said and done)
2009 Tarasenko (Rundblad value)
2010 Schwartz

Backes in the 2d round in 2003 was a great pick and part of the core, and obviously Steen (via Stempniak), Polak and Russell (Nikitin) are here because of the value of the drafting. Palushaj returned D'Agostini and Warsofsky returned Sobotka. The pro scouting has done very well too.

The drafting from 2003 on has given us the players or direct value of 5 starting defensemen plus Cole, as well as every current top nine player except McDonald & Arnott. And one of our 1A goaltenders.

The current team is built from the draft, and they've put the right coach in place to helm it. They have to keep hitting with first round value and also hitting with at least some prospects in later rounds (e.g., Rattie, Allen, McRae, Hakanpaa, Lehtera, etc.). Teams that draft well and retain the value end up being comeptitive teams in sports. That's what we have here.

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Should clarify that obviously Tarasenko was 2010 but he's what was returned from the first round value in 2009.

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