The Rangers don't have any legitimate defense prospects, so them trading Del Zotto or Girardi would be a nightmare for them. They are already down Sauer and quite possibly Staal
Now you are talking nonsense. A team that drafts consistently in the 10 to 6 range that only has a bunch of players that are "capable of playing in the NHL" to show for it will always be drafting there because that team won't be any good. Steve Bernier and Ryan Carter are capable of playing in the NHL. Even if you don't take into account plausible alternatives, any GM that told you he wasn't disappointed because he got one of those players at number 9 would be considered a clown.
Or how about this, imagine if Lou traded the number 9 pick for, I don't know, Cal Clutterbuck, a perfectly capable NHL player. You can tell me how much he "drives play" all you want, but, if you were being honest at all, you would be screaming that Lou has lost his mind.
Because GMs also don't know how to think probabalistically. Josh Bailey probably represents the 50th percentile or so of 9th overall picks. Here, I'll extend a band between 7 and 11, and go over the drafts since 1998 to 2009:
1998: Malhotra, M. Bell, Rupp, Antropov, Heerema (1 out of 5 became a 'top 6 forward' - Bell was very briefly, maybe)
1999: Beech, Pyatt, Lundmark, Mezei, Saprykin (0 of 5 became a top 6 F/top 4 D)
2000: Jonsson, Alexeev, Krahn, Yakubov, Vorobiev (0 of 5)
2001: Komisarek, Leclaire, Ruutu, Blackburn, Sjostrom (I'll be generous and call this 3 of 5)
2002: Lupul, Bouchard, Taticek, Nystrom, Ballard (Again, generous, 3 of 5)
2003: Suter, Coburn, Phaneuf, Kostitsyn, Carter (5 of 5, again, being generous)
2004: Olesz, Picard, Smid, Valabik, Tukonen (1 of 5, generous)
2005: Skille, Setoguchi, Lee, Bourdon, Kopitar (2 of 5, generous)
2006: Okposo, Mueller, Sheppard, Frolik, Bernier (jury's out on Bernier, I'm calling this 1.5 out of 5)
2007: Voracek, Hamill, Couture, Ellerby, Sutter (2 of 5)
2008: Wilson, Boedker, Bailey, Hodgson, Beach (Generously giving 3.5)
2009: Kadri, Glennie, Cowen, Paajarvi, Ellis (2.5 out of 5)
So that's 24.5 out of 60 players who became top 4 D or top 6 Fs, and I pretty much gave everyone who was marginal a pass. This draft is supposed to be stronger, but again, you really can't go overrating a pick this high, it is by no means a sure thing, and if the Devils come out of it with a 2nd/3rd line player, it's not a disappointment, nor is it a triumph.