Drafting is only half the equation. Development is the real key, especially for guys picked outside of the top 10.
Absolutely right. Look at all the late round gems the Wings have found over the years. Did they just get lucky with all these picks? I mean, they obviously have great scouts, but they develop their players the right way. Detroit is the model franchise in the league for drafting and developing. That's why they've made the playoffs for 20 straight years.
I dont view Daigle as a mistake. It was a no brainer. Every team wanted him. He was Crosby. He was McDavid. I do that 11 times out of 10. Just didnt turn out as well as it should have.
Lee was a bad pick at the time. EVERYONE knew it was a bad pick.
Daigle wasn't the mistake. If we have the mcdavid pick next year and a team offers us a deal of the same calibre that the Nordiques offered us, i'm giving up the first pick. Same goes for the 2005 first overall pick. Taking Daigle at 1 was a no brainer, But taking the quebec trade was also a no brainer
Last edited by Biancosaurus: 01-06-2014 at 10:08 AM.
Reason: But taking* the trade
The drafting mistakes were in the Muckler yrs when he wasted numerous picks on Russian players who never came over or when they did come over they sucked. Imagine if we would have used those picks on other players who would have come to camp & maybe we get another one or two good players who could have made a difference for this organization.