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  1. nessus

    Hughes or Kakko

    It can happen. I think you, in particular, are familiar with one of the Devils prospects who "grew" after turning 18.
  2. nessus

    Hughes or Kakko

    Let's let this rumor blow up so the Rangers take Podkolzin
  3. As Devils fans, we are by default anti-Rangers fans, and should keep this in mind during this playoffs season, with all the conditional draft picks that the Rangers have acquired from teams in the post season. The Rangers get Winnipeg's first round pick this season, so the further the Jets go, the worse that pick is. They also get a first from Tampa if Tampa wins the Cup (otherwise it's a 2nd). And lastly, the Rangers have Dallas's 2nd rounder, which becomes a first if Dallas wins two rounds. (Side note: let's hope Zuccarello has a really bad rest of his time in Dallas so he doesn't re-sign and the Rangers don't get The Stars' 2020 pick too!). So, let's go Jets and any team playing Tampa or Dallas!
  4. nessus

    Hughes or Kakko

    Is Vancouver really that desperate for Jack Hughes to go to their team, just because his brother is there? Or is this more of a media take? If it's the former, that's actually kind of pathetic that they attribute so much of their "success" to the Sedins being brothers that they are clinging onto some brotherly connection like that. that said, let's bring Quinn here
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    Hughes or Kakko

    I'm sure I will change my mind a million times from now until draft day, but I've been leaning towards Kakko lately. I think he is an underrated playmaker, in addition to being an elite goal scorer. And as SterioDesign posted, he has outperformed nearly every U-18 Liiga player, and I believe set a record for goals as a rookie. And he continues to dominate in the playoffs. His vision is just incredible, and he has that ability to be a couple steps ahead of everyone else, and anticipate where his teammates and opponents will be when it's time to make a play. Add in the fact that he's got a great shot and he has that element of physicality, Kakko really is the whole package. I also think Kakko fills some of the voids that the team lacks, but this really should not play any role in the selection, in my opinion. Then there are just as many arguments for Hughes. It's always a good idea to build down the middle, and having 2 #1 centers is how Shero was so successful in Pittsburgh all those years. Plus, Hughes, to me, is the future of the NHL. He is so good at such high speeds, he just stuns his opponents. It's kind of like how McDavid is a gear or two above everybody else. The puck control that Hughes has is amazing, too. The only knock on him is that he's a bit undersized, but I don't think this will hold him back much. Basically, I'm ecstatic at the idea of having either one of them, and will not be slightly disappointed with whoever is selected at 1.
  6. This is so ridiculous and irrational, but I guarantee we all feel the exact same way.
  7. I vote that Triumph makes this thread every year the Devils miss the playoffs
  8. Just no Rangers, please! LGD, let's go Hall!
  9. I just think the logic goes out the window once you assume that the original position of the lottery winner would have been a winning position regardless of how the final standings played out. That assumes that there's some predetermined winner. I also think this is why all the other posters don't agree with what you are saying. If there were no lottery, and the Devils were picking third, and Kakko slid to 3 somehow, then the "well, that last game didn't matter" logic holds. With a randomized lottery, it really doesn't anymore.
  10. If LA or Detroit were to win the lottery, I try to stay out of the mindset of "that could have been us if we won/lost one more game". There's so much luck/chance that goes into these things that you really can't expect that just because LA got the first pick when finishing 30th that we would have won the 1st pick if we had finished at 30. @SterioDesign, are you sure your analogy is accurate with the states? Are the lottery numbers assigned in a logical order? If it is randomized based on the standings, that adds another element of chance. And beyond that, whoever is actually physically running the lottery could hesitate for half of a second before starting it, which could change the outcome. And that's just one of an infinite number of butterfly effect-esque scenarios that can occur. Think of it like this: if you go to one of those random number generator websites for the first time, you can't expect to get the same number if you ran it at 2:00 p.m. vs. at 2:01 p.m. I was on team tank because I want the best probability of winning the lottery and the shortest distance from pick #1 if 3 teams behind us win the lottery. Once the season is over, you just have to hope to get lucky, and not feel like the Devils really put themselves at a disadvantage by winning one game that kept them better than 30th. Any change in the standings could have resulted in a different outcome in some way, even if unrelated to the actual probabilities.
  11. Regarding the Devils vs. Kings lottery odds, it's really not worth getting bent out of shape about at this point. The <5% difference in our probability of getting into the top 2 is hardly significant, and we'll all look pretty ridiculous being upset about it if we happen to win the lottery, and LA gets bumped back. In fact, it's likely that a team with a better record will pass us and draft in the top 3. Guess we should have won more games, then. EDIT: and just for fun, I ran tankathon one single time after posting this. Devils moved up to 1, Kings back to 4.
  12. If the Devils are picking third, it won't be an easy selection for Castron. There's Bowen Byram, who is good enough to go third, but I can imagine there being some hesitancy to take a defenseman that early, given how unpredictable they can be. Then Podkolzin, who in my opinion is much closer to Hughes and Kakko than to the next tier of forwards, but has some rumors surrounding him that he isn't looking to come over to America yet. But I think going with a "safer" choice with someone like Cozens or Turcotte is the wrong move to make. I would be really happy with the Devils going with Podkolzin or Byram any time after pick 2. Right now, I think Podkolzin is the guy. I'll try not to feel too confident about the Devils choosing him based on that rumor, but I'll take anything at this point!
  13. I get a similar feeling about Turcotte. I slightly prefer Zegras, but Turcotte is just all over the ice. You rarely see those plays that really blow you away, and things like that make me wonder about how it'll translate to the NHL level. But his compete level is really impressive, and he's definitely got some nice tools. This is a good point, but if you watch him play, you see what a great player he can be. Great shot, amazing hands, really powerful skater, and he's pretty physical. I think he would be a great fit to play alongside Nico. He can score a lot of goals.
  14. Is there much truth to the reports of Podkolzin not wanting to play in the NHL? He seems like the best forward after the top 2, and could be a good target for the Devils if he is likely to come over to North America soon.
  15. Thanks for trying, Santini. Blues just couldn't get anything going.
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