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10-31-2006, 07:09 AM
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Finally, Flames solution to center (offense) problem?

Angelo Esposito?

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10-31-2006, 09:01 AM
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Angelo Esposito?
Teams can't tank the season anymore to assure themselves of that consensus #1 overall pick. The draft lottery minimized that approach.

OK, it is too early to hit the panic button, but fear not. Teams can quickly reload in the "new NHL." Anaheim and Carolina are no longer Cinderella organizations.

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10-31-2006, 10:16 AM
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well... if everyone does jump off the bandwagon (which i think is going to start happening soon if the flames don't pick it up), then it'll make it easier for me to go see games

plus, getting a higher draft pick doesn't hurt either... we really did get royally screwed for the draft after the lockout... we should have ended up in the top 10-15.. that would have helped in the prospect department

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plus, getting a higher draft pick doesn't hurt either... we really did get royally screwed for the draft after the lockout... we should have ended up in the top 10-15.. that would have helped in the prospect department
Wasn't the post-lockout draft more due to luck than getting screwed over? Granted that draft was the equivalent of two drafts, combined, but it's been a while since the Flames have had top 10 pick. (We don't have to discuss, yet again, how those picks got squandered.) In most cases, a top five pick is needed for a franchise type player, and there is no such player in the system (i.e. since Phaneuf). Those, who've been around a while, realize that there would be a poor start season, dashing any playoff hopes, then suddenly the team would get hot in March. That always dropped the draft position.

Carolina was able to capitalize on a poor season by selecting Eric Staal. They still had to have enough decent players stocked on their roster - not to mention have fine goaltending - to be an instant contender. Not saying this is exactly the model the Flames should follow, but let's not hold our collective breath, waiting for Angelo Esposito to fall into our laps.

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We had a similar start last season. Not panic time yet.

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