One of the nice things about having Canada's goalie development camp in Calgary was that I got the chance to go out and bump into some familiar faces before the draft. And given that the draft was right around the corner I had a few different conversations about it, but also about 2012. What continually came up was the crop of defensemen that is coming in next year's draft. I asked one NHL executive if the fact that there are so many quality blueliners next year impacts them taking any this year. One said that a defenseman you can get in the latter part of the first round next year has bigger upside than what you can get this year. I asked him if it impacted his organization's chances of picking up a defenseman with their pick (it is outside the top-15), and he seemed to insinuate the value was worth the wait. I touched on this idea after talking with him here: http://futureconsiderationsdotca.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/2012-draft-impacting-picks-in-minnesota/ What do you think? Does it make sense, given the strong blueline crop of 2012, to spend your first rounder on a forward knowing the odds are greater that you'll be drafting a defenseman next year?