Monday, April 20, 2009

Hoarding Draft Picks

I have long wondered why I have yet to see a team go all out to land a ton of top 60 draft picks in any given year and more specifically top 30 picks.

I know that we had 3 first round picks in '07, but I'm talking 5, 6, hell, even 7 first round picks in a specific draft. In theory the prospects will be breaking in within 3 years of each other if they are to pan out and stray from the NCAA route, bustville, or just take more time than most would like to develop.

If we are unable to make a pitch to land the team in the top 5 of this years draft, I would at least like to see them add another first round pick or two and at least two more 2nd round picks.

IMO trading the right players for draft picks frees up salary and allows teams to take advantage of their scouting staff's hard work. An example would be shedding Moreau, Pisani, and Staios for 2nd round picks. That or dealing Gilbert for a 1st and two 2nd rounders to free up cap space for Bouwmeester or to bolster our offense up front.

This would be the way to go if a team became a seller at the deadline (like I had hoped that we would've been this year). Just imagine if we walked into this years draft with another 1st rounder or 2 and 3-4 2nd round picks that we could either hold onto or package them together to get a 3rd or 4th 1st round pick?

Not to mention we'd probably be looking at a lottery pick right now. We wouldn't have O'Sullivan or Kotalik, but we'd be stock piled with quality prospects and better off in terms of the salary cap.

Blow it up and then immediately following the draft (come July 1st) look to sign UFA's and make some deals. Stockpiled with future pieces of the team, ridding ourselves of pricey veterans, and hopefully acquiring some solid UFA's to boot.

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