Re: Welcome to the Bruins Dougie Hamilton
posted at 6/26/2011 9:01 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Welcome to the Bruins Dougie Hamilton
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Welcome to the Bruins Dougie Hamilton : hmm, i'm still working out this one in my head, it doesn't make sense to me. If this is true, defensemen are generally forced into the NHL before they are ready so teams can give up on them after their rookie deals. What gets me about this concept is how poorly it works out for everyone involved. The player's growth is jeopardized, the team doesn't fix its issues on defense and will have to squander more resources filling the vacancy after their exploited prospect is shipped out of town. The idea that teams would act in a manner that compromises their long-term interests just strikes me as false. I could be wrong though, if you could explain what the benefit/necessity is in rushing a young defensemen to the NHL, that may help me understand.
Posted by Olsonicator[/QUOTE]
I think I see the disconnect(s), O.
I'm not trying to prescribe a theory, I'm describing what the GMs are actually doing with top 15 pick D since 2008. Doughty, Bogosian, Pietrangelo, and even Schenn have either been in the NHL as regulars since day one or have come on in year two or three and become top 3 D on their teams. Bogosian's "difficulties" have been documented, but we'll see what happens with the new coaching and management regimes because he certainly looked like he was a stud. Myers has a Calder, Karlsson's a mainstay on the Ottawa PP. That's 5 of 6 D in the top 15 with 100 NHL games already in the books (Teubert's the exception). Next year, Hedman stepped right in, Ekman-Larsson has already played half a season, and Kulikov in Florida stepped right in. Nick Leddy was a key piece in the trade for Barker and got half a year in in Chicago. Cowan, deHaan, and Ellis will all get a real shot next year with six years to FA status to go, but even then, that's 50% in the NHL a year after the draft. Only Fowler made it from last year's blue chip D, but last year was the year when we really saw the Rutherford plan kick in across the league.
So my point is that generally, teams who take the blue chip D treat them like blue chip prospects and get them to the show quickly for all sorts of reasons - the post-lock-out style of play, the cap, a change in attitude toward rookie D. They're going to get multiple contracts out of these guys. This isn't about "giving up on them after their rookie deals" - you're getting two parts of the story mixed up. Blue chip D reach their potential on their second or third team when the drafting team gives up too soon - i.e. pre-free-agency - or when the right deal comes along - Stewart and Captain ShatnerKirk for Johnson is the right deal.