Guess this leaves Lindholm as the center that might be available.
I'm starting to wonder about the possibility of trading Larsson and other player(s) for one of top five picks straight up. Take the forward with the newly acquired pick, and draft Zadorov or Ristolaein, who is supposed to be a Larsson clone.
I'm actually a little nervous now. This is how I see it playing out...
1. Avs - Jones
2. Panthers - MacKinnon
3. Tampa - Drouin
4. Preds - Barkov
5. Canes - Nichushkin (recent rumors suggest he wants to play in the NHL next year but no AHL or any minor league) NHL or KHL.
6. Flames - Monahan
7. Oilers - Lindholm
8. Buffalo - Either Zadarov, Nurse, or even Shinkaruk
9. Devs - Gauthier or Domi (or Shinkaruk)?
Doesn't look like anyone above us is going to draft a defender except maybe Buffalo.
I'd be in favor of trading Larsson to Tampa for 3rd overall too. We might have to add a little bit just because you probably have to overpay to get them to listen. Then take Nurse, Ristolainen, or Zadarov with the 9th.
I don't really see that happening though.
Edited by Jerzey Devil, 24 May 2013 - 09:55 AM.