Its funny how youdon't hear other GMs complain that they would be much better if only they had the chance to pick at the top instead of in the middle
Because to pick at the top, it usually means you had to do this:
back to square one with nothing to show for it
All of these recent Cup winners were dogshit for quite a while to gain those picks that they built around. Not every team is willing to do this.
So we're at square one. DR chose to be at square one, because sitting idly at square three, unable to advance to square four wasn't cutting it. So we cut bait and gathered picks. And frankly, with the number of first and second round draft picks we've stock piled/already picked, and DR's pretty good draft history, I'm pretty hopeful of where we're headed in the future, despite not being able to draft in the top three... yet.
So again, provide some of these great draft picks that Darcy has made that have/currently are tearing it up in the NHL either for Buffalo or someone else...
How many of the guys that Darcy has had a hand in drafting over his many years here have been wows that make him stand out as a great drafter of talent and better then other GMs who haven't had a decade and a half at their jobs with the same organization
Provide a list of players that were picked later than our picks that "have been wows," performed irrefutabliy better than the players we chose, better suited our organizational needs at the time than the player we chose, and make their GMs stand out as great drafters. And then factor in enormous busts for those GMs. And then factor in all of the other GMs that passed on those players. And then remember that entire list is ###### retarded because hindsight's 20/20 and it's impossible to draft perfectly.
While not wasting top picks on busts is staple of good drafting, excellent
drafting is defined by consistently getting good value for the pick, while meeting organizational needs. Anecdotally, Miller in the 5th round is an outstanding pick; hindsight says he would've gone in the first two rounds.