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One thing you can count on with the Detroit Lions is that they are never, ever boring. Follow the latest news including injuries, roster moves and more here daily from Oakland Press beat writer Paula Pasche. Plus you'll find regular commentary about the team.

6/11/2009

The draft is the thing

 So what can the Detroit Lions, who are coming off a 0-16 season, learn from the Red Wings who are in the process of creating a dynasty?
 While the NHL and NFL don’t have much in common, they both depend on drafts to stock their rosters.
 The Red Wings, who haven’t had a top-10 draft pick in as long as anyone can remember, draft masterfully. The key examples are Henrik Zetterberg, who was drafted 210th overall in 1999, and Pavel Datsyuk, the 171st pick in 1998. But also there’s speedster Darren Helm, the 132nd pick in 2005 and others.
 NHL players are drafted at age 18 which makes it more of a crapshoot because they aren’t close to being mature either physically or mentally.
 The Lions clearly haven’t drafted well and they’ve had top picks. (It’s way too early to judge April’s draft.)
 If you look at the Wings and Lions -- just from a draft standpoint -- it’s easy to understand why one is a success and the other is a failure. Of course, there are other factors, but drafts are key and not just in the early rounds.
— PAULA PASCHE

6 Comments:

Blogger Jesse said...

My open-mindedness is starting to fade...wow...an article that basically says "Detroit has drafted poorly in the past"...

12:32 PM 
Blogger BK said...

Having an update once every 2 or 3 days is okay, you don't have to throw out something every day. The articles being posted are outdated and can be written by anyone. Dave didn't post mini-articles that are a waste of time. He'd post player or coach comments, analysis, legit rumors from sources, and answering questions from the fans. Quality is a lot more important than quantity. The more articles posted like this the less readers you'll have in the end.

3:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gotta agree, this blog is going to be crickets here unless someone steps it up

9:28 PM 
Blogger Jesse said...

yeah, this is really too bad. Paula genuinely seems to know less than the average fan, and definitely less than the fans who are loyal to this sort of blog. I wonder how much of the current roster she could name...sorry, but I'm being honest. WE MISS YOU DAVE!!!

9:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep the articles coming Paula. We're not all jerks here.

4:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting take. Mediocrity does tend to look out for mediocrity--the strength in numbers keeps Darwinism at bay. Enjoy the middle of the curve.

8:07 PM 

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