Ironically if Lou had not listened to Hunter in 2015 we would have had Aho over Dermott
Man Mark Hunter was a shift drafter lul
Should have had Dubas in charge of that and him something else.
Would have been the best draft year lul
I never buy into that kind of logic. Just because he was the next guy taken doesn't mean he was the next guy on the leafs' draft board.
Keep in mind for the first couple years following that 2015 draft, many were complaining about taking Marner over Hanafin.
By your logic, there's about 25+ GM's that listened to the wrong guy and passed on Aho.
But like you said, gotta be able to draft outside of your top picks consistently to have that in-organization competitiveness where players push each other to be better.
I think the average percentage of players picked in the 2nd round to even play in the NHL is something like 35%, and it drops 5-10% each later round.
That's why for me, personally...I'm always on board to trade away 2nd and later picks for proven NHL'ers to fill out a roster. Over a 3-4 year period if we can get a couple of those later picks to be able to crack the roster on entry level deals, I think that's about the most you can realistically expect.