tim1_2 wrote:Ottawa's draft was totally fine. It'll take years to figure out if they could've done much better. Again, recent scouting and drafting has earned the benefit of the doubt. People shat all over Karlsson and the Sens when he was drafted, people shat all over Tkachuk and the Sens when he was drafted, etc.
It's unfortunate to have to keep trading mid round picks for filler players though. You'd think all we'd have to do is overpay some decent free agents to fill those spots, but maybe it speaks to how much FAs are avoiding the Sens (as they should be).
And let's not forget that it also goes the other way. Remember how stoked everyone was with Zibanejad, Noeson, Puempel, Prince. Zibanejad didn't really pan out until he was traded (and I still maintain that "kick in the pants" was needed, and he would have continued to underperform in Ottawa). Bottom line is that you simply cannot grade a draft until 2 years -- at a minimum -- down the road.
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