Ever wonder why 1st round picks are so important especially in today's system? Well as much as it pains me to quote anything Detroit their GM nails it:
“It's becoming more and more obvious all the time, the importance of drafting and developing and moving kids on to your team – because they play cheap,” said Holland. “If you want to have a team with high-end, high-salaried players, they've got to be surrounded by players making less than $1-million. It's simple math.