Originally Posted by feepa
Spezza never worked out? He was drafted second overall in 2001.
Ottawa hasn't drafted first overall since 1996... so I'm not sure what you mean by "three first overall picks"
Getting a lottery draft pick (top 5) gives the highest chance to get a bonafide NHL player... after that, it really is a crapshoot.
My point was that not all players that are first overall (or in the top 5) pan out to be superstars. Ottawa didn't draft Spezza. They did draft Alexandre Daigle, Chris Phillips and Bryan Berard first overall though.
You are right, statistically you will have a better chance at getting a bonafide star in the top five picks. I'm just saying that it's still a crapshoot as many top picks, even first overall picks don't pan out, and that good mgmt is still the most important factor in building a team.
Any fool can sit back and simply take the number one prospect, but good mgmt is still needed to build cup winner or cup contender.
That same good mgmt can also build a cup winner or contender from a team in the middle of the pack (Vancouver and Boston for example)
BTW, I'm not saying Feaster is a great manger. It's too early to say.... he did build a Stanly cup team in Tampa so he does have that going for him. I'm not trying to say Tambellini is a bad manager either, again, it's to early to tell. For Edmonton the test will be once they are in the middle of the pack, to see what mgmt does.