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  1. 2018 draft , who's your 2 picks in 1stR

    I like Wahlstrom, Hughes, Kupari, or Dobson with our pick, and I like Bernard Docker, Groulx, or Kotkaniemi with Las Vegas' pick. I also really like McBain with Ottawa's second rounder. Given how bunched together guys are I have a feeling some really good players are going to fall to us. Boom or bust picks for me are McLeod and Wilde.
  2. Official 2018 NHL Amateur Entry Draft Discussion Thread

    I'm intrigued by Ryan Merkley as a later round steal. Seems to have all the same pros and cons as guys like Boquist and Hughes, but will go later because of "attitude issues" which too often in Canadian hockey is what a kid get labeled if he isn't a robot.
  3. Cholowski playing really well

    This is kind of a silly debate. Two defenseman draftedhigher than Cholowski are also still playing in Juniors and are having worse seasons. There's nothing really unusual about his being in juniors this year, not in his having a good but not spectacular season. It's pretty typical. All it really tells you about Cholowski is that he's probably not better, right now, than Charlie McAvoy is. He's not behind many of his peers at all.
  4. Official 2018 NHL Amateur Entry Draft Discussion Thread

    In that scenario I'd shop the pick to someone who REALLY wanted Svech, and take whatever futures they're willing to give. If we don't draft #1 then I'd be fine with drafting somewhere 5-10. Especially if that meant we'd get another 1st round pick. Like I said elsewhere, I'd rather draft the best available defenseman at 5-10, and then a center at 15-25, than anything other than Dahlin. Drafting someone like Dobson, Bouchard (who Buppy turned me on to) or Hughes early in the first, and Veleno or McBain later, plus getting additional picks for trading back from 2nd would be much better than taking a winger with the 2nd pick. As deep as this draft is, I want as many picks in the top two rounds as possible and at least two in the first. If I were the GM I'd trade Green AND one of Nyquist/Tatar and draft in the first three times. Can you imagine how far along it would move our rebuild with three first rounders? Take Larkin/Mantha/AA, plus Rasmussen, Cholowski, and Sarijaarvi/Hronek/Sambrook, plus three first rounders this year and your rebuild is very nearly done.
  5. Official 2018 NHL Amateur Entry Draft Discussion Thread

    Because A) Wingers are less important to team success than centers and defensemen, B) This year's draft is heavy on offensive defensemen, C) Winger is a position of strength for us, D) There's the potential to get good centers later in the first round given that the top of the draft is full of defensemen. We need another good center, and a really good defenseman going forward. We'll likely have two picks in the first round. We can get two things that we need if only we don't use one of those picks on a winger.
  6. Official 2018 NHL Amateur Entry Draft Discussion Thread

    I think Veleno could be a steal. He's got the skill, but because he's never lived up to the "exceptional status" tag people are down on him. I'm always a big fan of drafting on guys with dynamic skill sets and he's got one. I literally cringe when I watch the World Juniors and see Casey Mittelstadt eating up his peers while remembering how he got s*** on for being too weak at the combine and not playing good enough competition. I know less about Wilde and McIsaac, but I really like Dobson too. And like I said above, McBain as a mid-rounder would be a nice choice as well. Given the talent that will be available mid-round, I think it would go along way toward our rebuild if we could somehow get multiple first round picks. I hope Green will land us one, but if not I would certainly dangle one of Nyquist/Tatar if that would get us a 1st.
  7. The Idiot GM

    Nah, the Capitals suck.
  8. The Idiot GM

    I'm not sure what all this fuss is about clearing cap space. If we're rebuilding what do we need cap space for? We shouldn't be out shopping for FAs as a rebuilding team. The current strategy is fine. Keep the vets, make roster moves as needed when kids are ready to take over bigger roles (e.g. Sheahan trade), and bring in two or three years you'll give most of your aging vets gone, tons of cap space, Larkin/AA/Mantha in their primes playing bigger roles, and whatever young guys we draft between now and then working their way into the lineup. Cap space really only matters for teams that are trying to win now. That shouldn't be the Red Wings.
  9. Official 2018 NHL Amateur Entry Draft Discussion Thread

    Outside of the top two picks, which are boring to talk about, I'd like to see us take a high offensive defenseman, and a lower ranked center (with the pick we'll hopefully get from Mike Green). I'm thinking Boqvist, Hughes, or Dobson on defense, and Veleno or McBain at center. I'd be pumped.
  10. Cholowski playing really well

    I'm actually not as worried about our defensive prospects as I was a year ago. Saarijarvi and Hronek are playing well in the AHL. Cholowski and Sambrook are playing well in juniors. Hicketts is still a "maybe" to me, despite the feel good story. If we hit high in the lottery this year and take another standout defender I'll feel really good about our puck moving defensemen going forward.
  11. Why are we better than last season?

    It's honestly hard to pick one thing, which is why I asked the question. This far, probably goaltending. Much is also being made right now of some systems changes that has us playing faster and attacking more. The team seems to like it. So that might be a big factor but I'm not smart enough with systems analysis to say if it's b.s. or not.
  12. Why are we better than last season?

    While I don't think it's even close to a primary reason, I'm also really glad that's Frk is on the team. Had Nosek not been claimed by Vegas, and Bertuzzi not hurt, there's no way Frk gets a shot and proves he can play NHL. I really think he helps make our PP a little more effective, and his 5 on 5 play has been a pleasant surprise.
  13. The MANtha watch.....

    I'd trade Nyquist+ for Matt Dumba, then keep two of Cholowski, Hronek, Saarijarvi, or Hicketts. Trade the other two. Sign veteran partners to play alongside them, provided the partners have excellent possession numbers (whomever the 2020 version of Jason Demers or Trevor Daley is).
  14. Why are we better than last season?

    Just curious what folks around here think is the PRIMARY reason for the teams' apparent improvement, if any.