#3, #4, #27, #30
Yes Lou was indirectly responsible for us drafting/acquiring these guys, but they are the heart of what made us a great team from 95-03......
Since then we had 1 great playoff run...in nearly 10 seasons
Indirectly responsible?! REALLY?!
He had nothing to do with #3...he was drafted before Lou got here.
He had EVERYTHING to do with #4. LOU was the one who decided to go after Stevens as compensation for the Blues signing Brendan Shanahan. I'm not going to repeat the process yet again here, but what Lou did here was every superlative you can list...just an amazing amazing job on Lou's part.
He had EVERYTHING to do with #27. Lou managed to fleece Toronto for their first round pick for Tom Kurvers, who was a pretty good offensive defenseman, but clearly not 1st-round pick-worthy. It even looked like the Devils could draft #1 overall (which would've landed them Lindros), but Toronto made a bunch of moves to finish 2nd-worst overall...newcomers San Jose got the 2nd overall pick, so NJ drafted 3rd and took Niedermayer.
He had EVERYTHING to do with #30. He scouted Trevor Kidd and Brodeur ahead of time, and decided on Brodeur. Calgary actually traded UP with the Devils to get Kidd (they took him #11th overall), and Lou took Marty with the 20th pick.
And let us not forget some of the defensemen he acquired that helped support Stevens, Daneyko, and Nieds...Rafalski, Chambers, White, Malakhov...
How can you minimize Lou's impact with #4, #27, and #30?!
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 10 April 2013 - 03:29 PM.