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  1. I just posted this in another thread, deleted it, and moved it here -- it's a better fit. For whatever it's worth, a friend of mine rubbed elbows with someone in Devils management about a week ago. When talk of the draft came up, my friend was told, "We'll take the Russian kid." (And please, resist the temptation to assassinate my character for posting a rumor. Yep, it's second-hand that I'm hearing this... yep, I trust my friend really was told this (he sent me a photo of the guy he spoke with)... but I ain't Ecklund, throwing sh*t at the wall to see what sticks. Maybe the Devils pick him, maybe they pick someone else... but this is what's cooking as of a week ago. Thanks.)
  2. I'm late to this party, so my apologies if my thoughts have previously been expressed. I do think the Devils could use another reliable D-man. Lovejoy plays well in spurts, Santini seems shell-shocked. Fingers crossed the answer is Mirco Mueller returning from injury. If it is, then yeah, they're pretty well set. If it's not - and Greene struggles - I'd like to see the Devils take a run at Hjalmarsson if Arizona is willing to move him. Cap hit right around $4m, signed for another year and could provide some additional stability on the back end. 2nd line center, please and thank you... but unless there's a team in contention that suddenly nosedives, I'm not thrilled with any of the potential rental options. Galchenyuk is worth the gamble and would potentially be a longer term solution, but at a higher cost to acquire him. I'm ever-hopeful that Zacha will start playing with more confidence, show his offensive skills (a.k.a. resemble the dude who kicked ass in the preseason) and outright claim the 2nd line C job, but until that time comes, I'd be happy just seeing him remember how big & strong he is when battling for the puck along the boards.
  3. That's how it may go down in the annals of Devils history, but signing Cammalleri was a big deal when it happened. People were excited the Devils were willing to bring in a bonafide goal scorer, though the term was worrisome - and hey, look at that, the term ended up being something of a problem. He nearly hit 30 goals in his first season and was about a point per game in the second season... but injuries kept popping up and this last year he just didn't look like the Cammalleri of the previous seasons. He shanked one-timers, passed on good scoring opportunities, and just wasn't the kind of threat he was before.
  4. Bingo. Regarding trades: stockpiling picks. Ain't the worst approach for this organization... I just hope Shero isn't approaching this like some approach fantasy sports: trying to swap multiple assets for a single better asset. "Hey, I really want to get one good player, and so I'm going to trade you two mediocre players instead... see, we both win! You get depth, I get the better overall player!" Only works with really desperate GMs who can't see the writing on the wall. And dammit, I want to see this team be consistently competitive next season. If they could resemble the team that kicked off this season, I would be thrilled: "fast, attacking, supportive" regardless of the score, and a team that responded well to adversity, giving constant hustle. I'll slip back into the shadows now, a-thank ya.
  5. Not exactly a detailed write-up for each club, nor even completely accurate - John Hynes came from the Albany Devils, eh? Interesting that their ranking criteria is not only the strength of prospects, but stability of AHL franchise and physical proximity to the NHL team. http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/1064617-ranking-the-30-nhl-farm-systems For comparison, Bleacher Report's post-2016-draft write-up in June had the Devils at 13th. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2647891-nhl-draft-2016-results-re-ranking-every-teams-prospect-pool/page/19
  6. Flames have depth on defense, so unless they're moving a contract back to NJ (Smid?), I don't see how Severson would be the lynchpin. Aside from the untouchables in Calgary, I'm not interested in many of their roster players. Shinkaruk would be a worthwhile gamble, maybe Joe Colborne if the Devils wanted some scoring touch on a depth line. Maybe the Devils are willing to take Mason Raymond's contract in exchange for a pick.
  7. http://www.mynhldraft.com/2016/NHL-Draft-Profiles/Michael-McLeod http://www.allaboutthejersey.com/2016/6/17/11862600/-speed-at-both-ends-michael-mcleod-2016-nhl-draft-prospect-profile --> Essentially his take was "Not a bad pick, unless Jost, Brown, Keller, Dubois, or Nylander are available." Well, Devils scouting department clearly didn't have faith in Brown, so they picked up a free 3rd rounder and snagged this kid.
  8. Not surprising. This means Devils really wanted Jost, too, eh?
  9. If Devils draft Chychrun, he's a defender with different dimensions than most in the system in that he has offensive upside - or have I misread that scouting report? If that's what he can potentially provide, I'm fine with Devils drafting him. Right now there's Larsson (whose offense hasn't blossomed), Severson (work in progress), Merrill (yikes), Santini (defensive d-man)... a dangerous PP-capable defenseman would be just fine.
  10. I've avoided the forums there, but I enjoyed reading about the prospects for each organization. To those who know better than I... what other sites are free access that give good breakdowns of team prospects, development, etc? Thanks in advance!
  11. Agreed about probability of Stamkos leaving - but even if he's off the books, the Bolts have to lock up Killorn (raise on $2.5 million), Kucherov (due significant raise from $700K with 58 goals in his last two seasons), JT Brown (shmeh), Namestnikov (raise from $800K), Paquette (shmeh), and Nesterov. Plus after next season, Tyler Johnson ($3.3 mil), Ondrej Palat ($3.3 mil), Drouin ($900K), Sustr ($1.4 mil) and Vasilevskiy ($900K). Oh, and Tyler Hedman hits his UFA season. So you're right, Tampa Bay can certainly find a way for next season to fit everyone in -- but I still think they would consider moving a younger player if it meant they could really make a run at Stamkos.
  12. Yes indeed, and I saw that. I'd be thrilled to try and pull that off, but I can't see Los Angeles really mortgaging their future to that extent... Pearson and Toffoli are the only young, team-friendly-contract difference makers they have in the forwards corps. Behind them, it's all young prospects that are relative unknowns. So if LA really believes signing Lucic for a full season will be the true difference maker, and they're okay with sacrificing for the future in an attempt to get another cup while their super locked-up core (Kopitar, Quick, Carter, Gaborik, Doughty, Muzzin, Martinez, Brown) are still productive (...well, excluding Brown, it seems), I can't see Lombardi parting with those young guns. Hopefully you're right and I'm wrong, though!
  13. I thought this could be a fun discussion since the idea was brought up in the "Devils need offense" thread. This is my second attempt at posting it, because for whatever reason my first effort errored and I lost it all. Meh well. This version will be shorter. I looked at teams up against the cap or facing tough constraints, and targeted young players under team control for a few seasons at a good contract or approaching RFA status. Chicago - Teuvo Teravainen. Once heralded as the future offensive catalyst for the club, his spot has been taken by Artemi Panarin. Maybe Chicago looks into moving Andrew Shaw, but he's much more vital to their success than Teravainen. Shero would likely need approval from ownership to take someone like Bickell, too, but if the Devils can get a possible top-6 forward at the expense of burying Bickell in the AHL for a year, it's a good gamble. (...says the poster who doesn't need to shell out $4 million to Bickell) Tampa Bay - Alex Killorn or Vladislav Namestnikov. Both are RFA this offseason, and Tampa needs to not only re-sign Stamkos (if they can), but lock up Kucherov... with Johnson, Palat, and Drouin RFA the following season. Killorn's past contract was $2.5 million for a 40-point season... maybe Yzerman thinks that's too rich and moves him. Namestnikov is just buried on the depth chart. Anaheim - Jakob Silfverberg. Management can't really shake up the core all that much since Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler all have NMC... but Silfverberg got this massive deal following a monster playoff run. He's under team control for 3 more seasons at $3.75 million. He put up 20 goals and 40 points last year, but maybe ANA thinks it's too much $ for the production (similar to Killorn in TB). Boston - Brett Connolly or Alexander Khokhlachev. Connolly is less likely to be moved since they just dealt for him, but their salary cap situation is rough. Khokhlachev has been unhappy that he hasn't been given a true shot at NHL ice time, and he's still young. Maybe Shero swings a deal and gives him a real shot at making the roster.
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