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In Topic: 2015 Draft Thread

23 March 2015 - 08:39 PM

is the explanation in this link correct?
I thought there was one lottery drawing, for the 1st overall pick.  then, the remaining teams go in inverse order.  the link above, though, states that there is a lottery for the first 3 spots...

Top 3 starts next year. This year only the first pick will be determined by lottery.

In Topic: Is Phil Kessel the answer?

23 March 2015 - 10:48 AM

No, there's a very good chance that the 8th overall pick will never be as good as Kessel, but Phil's career arc doesn't coincide with what we should be trying to build and at 8 million for 8 more years, it severely hampers future roster flexibility.   Again, the only way a move for Kessel makes sense is if the Owners and Lou are hell bent on next years team squeezing into the playoffs and even then, I don't know if Kessel is even the best short term solution.  

In Topic: Is Phil Kessel the answer?

23 March 2015 - 09:57 AM

It all depends on what management's goal is.  If it is to try and squeeze into the playoffs the next two years, adding Kessel, presumably at the expense of this years 1st goes a long way towards addressing the lack of scoring on the team.  If it is to ultimately rebuild the offense so that 3 years from now we have a team that is ready to complete for championships again, I would stay far away from him and begin by building through the draft. I hope it is the later because I personally want no part of Kessel.   


Kessel is at the back end of the age bracket of what seems to be the typical prime scoring years for current players and as mentioned previously, he seems like the kind of player whose performance could go right off the side of a cliff, if it hasn't already.

In Topic: If we pick 7th.... Who would you choose.

21 March 2015 - 07:01 AM

That 1st and what gets O'Reilly? He is only 24 and capable of being our #1 center. What do you guys think?

His constant contract squabbles with the Avalanche is a major red flag for me, especially for a guy that's one year away from needing a new deal.

In Topic: If we pick 7th.... Who would you choose.

21 March 2015 - 06:58 AM

whats terrible is that there's no control on our future on the attack. It's clear its gonna have to come from trades or from the market. 
I think our drafting as been terrible enough and for long enough that we can safely discard the chance of a saviour through the draft or at least its gonna take awhile.
then trades... that means you take a step back somehow sending something away.
and on the market well we'd have to overpay for sure and then it doesnt even mean players would want to come here.
so we're not in a situation like other teams where we just have to be patient and get it together with the pieces we have... were in a position where were clearly missing top assets and god knows how we'll get them and if we'll get them and if its gonna be enough.
Severson and Schneider are the 2 players on this team that i could see as "face of the franchise" who would be worth displaying next to Crosby/Malkin, Quick/Doughty/kopitar, Duchene/landeskog/Mackinnon, Toews/Keith/Kane etc etc etc you need those guys to win and most of the time those guys are homegrown...
The only team who managed to get tons of top players through UFA is minny and it's not because of the way the team was ran or wtv, was mostly cause it was in Minny and players wanted to go home.

I've been critical of the job Lou has done recently and agree with much of what you said above but the one wildcard this year is the cap coming in at 71 million, or whatever, and the number of teams that will have a cap crunch. It is set up for teams like the Devils, who have the cap space, to pick up a bargain or two on the trade market. For all of his other sins over the last decade, it's been a long time since Lou made a bad trade, at least when it comes to the significant ones. Obviously Ponikarovsky 2.0, Ruutu or Zidlicky for a 3rd are all questionable but when you think back to the major trades like Schneider, Zidlicky from Minnesota and Kovalchuk, Lou has actually killed it. If he can steal a good young forward for the 8th pick in a trade and we make good forward picks in the 2nd round, things all of a sudden look a lot brighter.

With that being said, I'm still probably in favor of BPA at 7/8th and two forwards in the 2nd round.