2010 NHL Draft: Matching Up the Top 10 Prospects With Top 10 Picks

June 15th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
The Match-Up. We all remember this from grammar school don't we? It's how we learned our synonyms and antonyms, how we discovered that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and whole host of other things. You have a list of things in Column A, another list in Column B and you draw a line to match the two things that best compliment each other. In the end, you've got this spider web thing going between the two columns, making it nearly impossible to decipher what went where in the first place, especially if you had to erase some of those connections in favor of better ones later on. When it comes to drafting new talent in the NHL, the lines between picks and teams can become equally confusing once the dust settles and you start figuring out who went where. Additionally, like the erase-and-switch jobs we all did in 4th grade, hindsight always seems to reveal that some players would have been better matched with a team other than the one that picked them. When you've got a top 10 pick, it's hard not to take the top rated player with the first pick, or the number six prospect with the sixth pick. Still, GMs almost always do better when they go with who will help t ...

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