Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:25 PM
Those teams have had the luxury of having high draft picks..seems to be the only way to get a solid core group of players is to tank for 5 years.
They definitely have had that luxury, a luxury which does seem like almost a prerequisite to greatness these days. But, even so, I think those GMs and their teams have been pretty smart about shaping their respective rosters, identities, etc. Picking 1-5 in the draft gives you a phenomenal player, yes, but you still have to build around him and such. Team Holland has, I feel, not done an especially great job of building around our two franchise players, Datsyuk and Zetterberg.
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