Riprock wrote:And back to drafting - they have the #1 pick and the #1 ranked guy isn't a defenceman or a goalie, so what do you expect them to do?
You guys seem to have all the answers, but if it was Ottawa, would you seriously say the same thing?
If Ottawa had the #1 pick and didn't take Yakupov this year, would you be upset? If they traded the pick to move down, would you be mad? Do you really expect a team to give up a young top 4 defenceman + top 10 pick for the #1 overall?
Imagine a team stacked at C getting the lotto pick in 2005 and not taking Crosby because it didn't solve a positional need lol.
The only answer that everyone has for you is, "drafting high isn't the only thing that goes into building a winner." It's one, equally important component in a much larger, much more complicated, much more varieted strategy. No one, positively no one, is saying that building from within or drafting isn't important; rather, they're objecting to the idea that drafting high is the one and only way to build a winner and/or the KEY to building a winner.
But I guess it's easier to set yourself up against a strawman argument, right?
Why did you even come here and reply to me? And why would you respond to one thing I said and reply out of context to it?
Where's this so called straw man fallacy?
Again you seem to always come back to everything I say with "high draft picks aren't the solution" lol. I have to laugh at this point because no matter what I saw, that is your answer.
Someone says Edmonton needs to build from within. What does that actually entail if not drafting?
Someone says they need to address defence and goaltending - how do you do that if a) you can't sign a FA, b) you don't want to trade one valuable piece at one position for another?
As I said, everyone seems to have the answer - the solution to Edmonton's problem, but they are't in charge. Speculate all you want, but you and I are no different. You honestly think anyone is going to trade 2 5th overall picks for a 1st?
Do you really think Edmonton is not going to draft the #1 overall player? Of course they will, if they keep the pick.