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Forum: Armchair-GMJul 11 at 2:25
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>ON3M4N</b></div><div>Stammer and Hedmen were already in the organization. He made some good trades and I think that's what has saved him from not looking bad. Under Yezerman the Lightning had (9) 1st rounders

<strong>Brett Connolly</strong> - Finally cracked 30+ points after 8 years in the NHL
<strong>Slater Koekkoek</strong> - Traded for a 3rd pairing d-man and 7th rounder
<strong>Vladislav Namestnikov </strong>- Traded in the McDonaugh deal
<strong>Andrey Vasilevskiy</strong> - Good goalie, but I still don't understand how he won the Vezina. Other goalie had better numbers, Vasi just had the benefit of playing for the best team in the NHL
<strong>Jonathan Drouin</strong> - Held out and was traded for a solid return ---&gt; The return is the only reason this isn't a fail
<strong>Anthony Deangelo</strong> - Traded for a 2nd rounder (prospect was later traded as part of the McDonaugh deal)
<strong>Brett Howden</strong> - Traded in the McDonaugh deal
<strong>Foote Brothers</strong> - TBD

Sure he drafted guys like Kucherov in the 2nd, Point in the 3rd and Palat in the 7th, but look at how many draft picks have been nothing. IDK, I just don't see what makes him such a great GM. Not saying he's a bad GM, but he's not this elite mastermind that some people want you to think.</div></div>

I mean, picking up a heart trophy and art ross winner at the end of the 2nd round is a pretty big deal. He's the 1st player to win the Art Ross who was picked out of the 1st round since Marty St. Louis did it. Point is an elite 2way player and one of the best skaters in the league, and was picked 79th overall, you could argue that he's the best player in his draft year, ahead of Drai, Ekblad, and even Pastrnak. And he was picked 79th OA!!!, Cirelli in the 3rd was an absolute steal. He's so underrated, he plays like a vet but he's only 21 years old. Joseph looks like he could turn out pretty great too. Again, he was drafted in the 4th round. ANd Palat in the 7th. I just don't know any other team that has drafted this well over the past decade, do you?

And most of his trades have worked out great. Getting back Cernak for Bishop was so good in hindsight. Cernak has been excellent, and Vasilevskiy was clearly ready to be the starter. And getting back McDonagh and Miller for Namestikov, Howden, the 28th OA and 58th OA. Seems like a great trade to me. Not saying Stevie is a god, but he's definitely one of the best GMs in the league
Forum: Armchair-GMJul 9 at 5:10