by Patrick Hoffman on 06/25/09 at 01:36 PM ET
From John Kresier at NHL.com:
Try as they might, NHL general managers know most of the players they select during the Entry Draft never will wear an NHL sweater. The object is to get maximum value out of their picks—finding the stars they need to build a team around, the role players to support them and the depth to trade for what they can’t find.
Obviously some teams are better at this than others—and they do it in different ways. The core of Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup-winning team was Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, all chose with the first or second pick of the draft from 2003-05. Detroit, which lost to Pittsburgh in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final after beating the Penguins in 2008, has fared well with a handful of later-round picks—stars such as Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk—while having just three first-round picks on its roster—Marian Hossa, Brad Stuart and Nicklas Kronwall. And of those three, only Kronwall was chosen by the Wings.
Click here for more. I wonder if any of this year’s picks will have a tremendous impact on their franchises right away.
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