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GDT: 2015 NHL Draft Lottery- 8PM, NBC

18 April 2015 - 08:26 AM

Figured it needs it's own thread.

Odds to win:
1. Buffalo Sabres - 20.0%
2. Arizona Coyotes - 13.5%
3. Edmonton Oilers - 11.5%
4. Toronto Maple Leafs - 9.5%
5. Carolina Hurricanes - 8.5%
6. New Jersey Devils - 7.5%
7. Philadelphia Flyers - 6.5%
8. Columbus Blue Jackets - 6.0%
9. San Jose Sharks - 5.0%
10. Colorado Avalanche - 3.5%
11. Florida Panthers - 3.0%
12. Dallas Stars - 2.5%
13. Los Angeles Kings - 2.0%
14. Boston Bruins - 1.0%

You gotta believe!

Merits of trading the first round pick

03 April 2015 - 08:51 AM

This has been brought up a bit in the draft thread but I thought it was enough of its own discussion to make a new topic. Mods if you disagree, feel free to delete this.


Obviously this is only possible assuming we do not win the lottery. So the assumption here is that we are drafting 6th, possibly 7th.


Are you open to trading this pick? If so, what type of package would you look for?


The reason I bring this up is that I see some thought that we’ll get a sure-fire top line forward with this pick. I know this draft is supposed to be “stacked”, but from what I’ve read, there could be a bit of a drop in forward talent after the top 4. And precedence shows us that picks 6 and 7 do not routinely produce All-Star talent:


2000: Scott Hartnell, Lars Jonsson

2001: Mikko Koivu, Mike Komisarek

2002: Scotty Upshall, Joffrey Lupul

2003: Milan Michalek, Ryan Suter

2004: Al Montya, Rostislav Olesz

2005: Gilbert Brule, Jack Skille

2006: Derick Brassard, Kyle Okposo

2007: Sam Gagner, Jakub Voracek

2008: Nikita Filatov, Colin Wilson

2009: O. Ekman-Larsson, Nazem Kadri

2010: Brett Connolly, Jeff Skinner

2011: Mika Zibanejad, Mark Scheifele

2012: Hampus Lindholm, Mathew Dumba

2013: Sean Monahan, Darnell Nurse


A lot of decent names, but only a handful of clear-cut top 6 forwards there, and a few "too early to calls."


SO- Would it be better to use this pick in a package for an established top-line player? Names like JVR, Couture, have been mentioned… or would it be smart to trade back, acquire multiple picks and cast a wider net to try and find gems in this deep draft?


I guess my worry is that this pick is a big deal for us- the organization doesn’t pick this high often, so we have a fairly valuable asset and I don’t want to waste this pick and go all in on a guy who busts like Brule, Olesz, etc.