It's not s***ting on anything, it's honest.
Start with '09, go back 15 years, find higher end players the Wings have taken after the second round.
Nyquist is probably going to be a top 6 player, he may or may not be more than a complimentary 60 point player. Franzen is Franzen. Filppula is inconsistent from year to year. Zetterberg in 99, Datsyuk in 98. So 2 elite players, 3 good guys who aren't elite and in 2 cases aren't even that good for stretches, and some role players. Sure it's better than some teams, but there are people who act like the Wings get some star player late in the draft every couple years, and they knew for a fact that Zetterberg and Datsyuk were going to be stars. Neither is true.
The reason I'm not looking at the older drafts is that the rules have changed completely. Russians weren't drafted int he 80's because they had to be snuck out of the country. Not every player was willing to do that, and it took a lot of resources to get the ones who did want to come. They had to have contacts in Russia, ind the right people to bribe and spend the money to do it, and find a way to get the player, and his family in some cases, out of the country. The Wings were one of the few teams that had an owner who was able and willing to commit to that.
The red wings are far and away the best draft team and its widely recognized as such even by other teams announcers. We don't get high end draft spots cause we never miss the playoffs. So no we didn't get a toews, Kane, ovie, Malkin, Crosby, Tavares, or so on. We make our own superstars. Nyquist WILL be a star, so there you go, Tatar may be a grind it top 6 tough as nails type player, but the goose is loose, and everyone knows it. We won a cup through the draft basically. All these teams tanking to win... The same three teams keep winning and the sabres, islanders, Panthers, oilers, as well as others always getting these top 5 picks but somehow never win are getting top end talents every year. We keep winning without tanking.
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