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by Paul on 06/27/12 at 11:21 AM ET
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The New York Islanders offered the Blue Jackets their entire slate of draft picks in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick at the NHL draft on Friday night. ....
My first reaction was that both Snow and Howson had to be daft. If this draft had a wrinkle, it was that it was chock full of defensemen. It did not have the depth of quality that we saw in 2008 — when Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian, Alex Pietrangelo, Luke Schenn, Tyler Myers, Erik Karlsson, Jake Gardiner, Michael Del Zotto and John Carlson were taken in the first round. But it had defensemen.
The way I figured it, the Jackets would have been smart to accept the Islanders’ offer, slide down to No. 4, take a thumper like Matt Dumba — and add a windfall of six more picks. Dumba was one of eight defensemen taken among the top 10 picks. Was there that much that separated them?
With 11 picks instead of five in rounds two through seven, even the Jackets scouts, four of whom were fired on Saturday, might trip over some useful pieces. Maybe they could even unearth a late-round gem like the Detroit Red Wings do when they take guys no one has ever heard of, guys like Zetterberg or Lidstrom and Datsyuk. To find a guy like that, the Jackets would have bettered their odds by a half if they took the Islanders’ offer. Right?
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