Originally Posted by Dawger
Just another quick rant about the draft...first off, I am a die hard fan and am believe the Burkes want to continue building a winning team here. But the draft is a crap shoot of young kids...after the first round who knows what will transpire! I applaud Joey Burke for getting the truckload of picks at the trade deadline, but honestly I would have gone in a totally different direction. I would have kept Paquette (who I have always liked-not a superstar but solid and would have been here another year) and Hal Davis and probably Cal Davis...the Davis kids are 17! We supposedly had a stellar draft a couple of years ago and the only high draft pick still with the team is Jones...Of all the draft picks we picked up the only one to affect this team in the near future will be next years 2nd (which is Peterborough's so it will be a low second)...we dont have a second round pick (that we made on our own) playing on the team now, and the only 3rd rounder (we picked) is Dhillon. I would have traded Mantha and Haydon for whatever I could have gotten (even low round picks)...there is where our scouting and drafting come into play (Singer 8th round, Ham 6th round, Phillip 9th, Hunter 12th, Sommerville 14th, Shaffer 6th, Dame 13th)...my favorite deadline moves were grabbing Maksimov and Brack...at least we know what we have in Maksimov (and similar player to Paquette in terms of development) and we should have him for next year. As I said, I love the dogs and junior hockey and hope it really works out for us...at least we have the guts to make deals and try!
Draft picks and drafted players are a commodity, no more, no less... This is the business of the OHL. You trade players, to get picks, that you later trade for a puzzle piece that may let you get further into the playoffs... Paquette, and both of the Davii ( plural of Davis ) were under performing. You get that with high end draft picks sometimes. Kids flop in this league, regardless of where you pick them. Sometimes they flop on one team, and come into their own on another.
I don't think the market was there for overagers this year, it just wasn't. Very few teams were looking, and Turtle McSlowerson ( Mantha ) and The Gentle Ginger Giant ( Haydon ) were not really upgrades for anyone, or not enough of an upgrade to make a move. So here we are, they stay, and we moved younger guys. The return was higher, and we keep established leadership, which can be both a positive and a negative.
This team has an opportunity, we now have lots of picks with which to buy that puzzle piece in 2 years. To empty the cupboard for a stellar piece to help us in a deeper playoff run. And we will give thanks to JB, The Davii and Paquette for helping that happen. Hopefully next year at the deadline we can move one or two more players for a couple more picks which can be used the following year to really load up.
But it would also be nice if we could load up on prospects next year, that may not be ready to play next year, but will be a help the following year when we make our big push. This could be a really special team in 2 years, if they don't screw it up by panicking and trying to push too hard next season. This season is a wash, next year, I could see us as a middle of the pack team.