Posted 15 October 2013 - 01:21 PM
Rebuilds don't start with a bunch of promising young players. They start with a bunch of mediocre veterans and never wases. Then you add one promising young player to that mix, repeat. Rebuilds are horrendous and good teams shouldn't need to do them.
Yeah, usually starts with "character" guys who play hard and try hard, and can set a good example for the kids through simple work ethic, this is what it means to be a pro, etc., but really aren't very good on the ice and are pretty tough to watch. And yeah, then hopefully you add a couple of pieces through your system and discard of couple of the "gave-it-their-alls" each year, get a little bit better, rinse, lather, repeat. Takes years and even then, it only takes a couple of high draft picks or young guys not panning out to either delay or derail the process altogether. Like I said, it's far from a sure thing, unless you luck your way into players like the ones that fell into Pittsburgh's lap.
As long as the Devils can get some young talent that can stick with the big team coming through the system soon, they should be OK.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 15 October 2013 - 01:22 PM.
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