The main problem is their drafting. This team has been HORRIBLE in that area. They connected on 4 straight first rounders from 2000-2003 (Gaborik, Koivu, Bouchard, Burns). However you can toss out attributing connecting on Burns because if you couldn't find a good player in that 2003 draft you shoudn't scout for the NHL. It should be noted Bouchard was nothing special as well.
Outside of that here is a list of the best players they've drafted in 11 years: Nick Schultz, Derek Boogaard, Josh Harding, and Patrick O'sullivan.
Their first round history since Burns: A.J Thelen at 12th(candidate for biggest draft bust of all time), Benoit Pouliot at 4th, James Sheppard at 9th, Colton Gillies, Tyler *****a, Nick Leddy, and Granlund. Even *****a looks like he might bust right now.
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I also think this was the biggest reason Nashville traded Arnott and named Weber captain. They realize that their success doesn't mean much if nobody is watching, and the fans crave a familiar face. I think they have made up their mind that they will sign Weber no matter what next year, just in order to have the same kind of stability.
Also, I do think Koivu has potential for even more. If Saku had Mikko's size and ability, he could have been a hall of famer. I think the thinking is that if Mikko develops into the heart and soul gritty player that Saku is, he could be a real star.]]>