While I qualify this by saying that I'm not a scout or talent evaluator, what we're starting to hear about the Devils being interested in one of the defensemen is starting to make me nervous. Lou has stated the obvious that he would prefer to draft a forward. If the Devils end up drafting one of the defensemen, it means that they don't expect whatever forward is available at 9 to advance the ball so much in the short or long term. And really, Nurse, Ristolainen or Zadorov, even if they meet their potential, don't project to be the game breaking defensemen that will be that much better than what the Devils have now, either in terms of prospects or current roster players, and certainly not in the near term.
If I'm Lou, and my assumptions above are correct, I'm pressing very hard to get Carolina's pick. Carolina has said that it wants an NHL ready, relatively cheap, top four defenseman as part of any package. At this point, I'd be willing to trade Greene. Yes, he's our best defenseman right now, but he's not Nick Lidstrom. The Devils can survive without him, especially if Zidlicky is re-signed. Whoever is available at 5 -- Drouin, Nischukin or Barkov -- should be first line forwards in the next 2-3 years, and can probably improve the team immediately.
As I've said all along, it is hard to understate how important it is to get this pick right, if not have this pick be a homerun. Another defenseman not named Seth Jones is not that. Get it done Lou.
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