Vance Uppercut: 1) suck hard for long enough and accumulate draft picks like the hawks,pens (but not too long like Edmonton)
R.A.Danny: Lee Elia loved your farking headline.
RumsfeldsReplacement: Luongo Approves!
octopied: Learn how to hand a press conference and behave like a dignified human being like any other coach, you ass.
Ishkur: If you have no assets and you must build from the draft, you start from the net out. Get a decent keeper (may be superfluous now) and a defensive core. Then get your snipers. The Hawks and Pens did this. Edmonton simply got the BPA every year with no consideration for team cohesion, needs vs wants, specialists and game situations, and ego management/locker room chemistry. That is why they fail.
octopied: John Toretteserella is a joke. Learn how to hand a press conference and behave like a dignified human being like any other coach, you ass.
GQueue: Eh, I think if the Hawks have shown anything, it's that you don't worry THAT much about a goalie
PowerSlacker: Bettman is the suckiest suck who ever sucked, but at least his teams can trade coaches.
Ishkur: interestingly, the D-man they picked in the first round -- Anton Babchuk -- didn't pan out. He took off for the KHL)
Ishkur: I don't believe in the BPA strategy (for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is it gives your scouting staff a free pass). Take a hint from Herb Brooks: Don't get the best players, get the RIGHT players. A team of 12 Stamkoses will not win the Cup. Last year was a defencemen bonanza - 13 Ds selected in the first round. Edmonton passed on all of them. The year before was even better: 11 Ds selected including Adam Larrson, Dougie Hamilton and Jonas Brodin all getting major ice time right out of the gate. In the years before that Edmonton passed on Ryan Ellis, John Carlson, P.K. Subban... in 2008 they had a chance at (Calder winning) Tyler Myers or Erik Karlsson but they traded their pick away (for Dustin Penner) and got Eberle. They had three first round picks in 2007 and two of them have a combined 47 NHL games played (the other was Gagne), although to their credit one was an actual defensemen. That's just bad drafting. Their future should have started that year.
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