I totally disagree with this. Who cares if we have prospects at goalie? Goalies are the toughest position to project and other than the top NHL starters, goalies are easy to acquire and have relatively little trade value compared to positional players. I don't think we have a single thing to show for the two 1sts and a 2nd we pissed away on Damphousse, Ahonen and Frazee other than maybe a handful of games played between them. In the end, I think all of their minor league contracts eventually expired and they went on their way. At least positional players that don't ascend to be one of the top 20 or so players at their position in the world can still hold a lot of value for the organization by filling out the lower lines and being an every night player. Hell, if they still have holes in their game, they can at least be a situational player. That's not to say we would have been guaranteed a valuable asset if we took a forward at 36/42 but there's a lot better chance than a positional player that will eventually help the organization in some way as compared to a goalie.
Also, in terms of general strategy, there were a lot of goalies all ranked relatively close coming into the draft. As of our pick at 42, the run on them hadn't started yet and as it turns out, it didn't start until well after our 3rd rounder. I guess if our scouts truly felt that Blackwood was the guy who was eventually going to be a really good NHLer, then fine but if that was the case, why screw around trading down from 36? If the Devils management just felt they needed to get a well regarded goalie into the pipeline, then they flat out bit way too soon. At the time we made the 42nd selection, there was no reason to think that at least one or two of Blackwood, Vladar, Montembeault, Booth or Hill wouldn't be available 24 picks later.
Damphousse was part of the Sykora-Friesen Trade.