krsmith17

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  1. krsmith17

    2018 Prospects Watch

    Yes. No.
  2. krsmith17

    2019 Draft

    And I'll say it every year until we land that number one overall pick... We WILL pick top 5 this year though. Guaranf***ingteed!
  3. krsmith17

    2019 Draft

    I don't disagree, and if when we do, I would will be doing cartwheels...
  4. krsmith17

    2018 Prospects Watch

    Veleno is one of the best players in the QMJHL. He has the 2nd best points per game in the entire league, and he's putting up these points in his draft +1 season. It's not like he's an overager. Maxime Comtois, the only player in the league ahead of him, is a full year older. I agree that he needs to prove it at the next level, but he hasn't yet had that opportunity. He looked very impressive in training camp last fall, and I'm sure he'll look even better this fall. He has an outside chance to start next season in Detroit, but he will likely start in Grand Rapids. Regardless where he starts, I'm sure he will continue to impress.
  5. krsmith17

    2019 Draft

    I agree with you, but it's also entirely possible, admittedly unlikely, that Hughes ends up a Nugent-Hopkins, and Zegras and Byram end up a Dubois and Sergachev. I'd take the latter in that situation, as I'm sure you would as well. Again, not saying this is the likely scenario, and I agree that Hughes is the closest thing to a sure fire superstar, but no matter how much scouting has improved, the draft is still a bit of a crap shoot, and two top 10 picks could be a homerun.
  6. krsmith17

    2019 Draft

    That's fair. However, it's more likely that the Aves are picking 1st overall and we're picking 3rd overall (or later) anyway. So imagine if the balls did fall our way, making that trade, picking whoever we would have picked 3rd overall, and also picking up another stud in the top 10. I agree that Hughes is our best chance at a franchise changing player, but maybe there's a Petersson to be had in the 3-5 range. Maybe there's another stud to be had in the 8-12 range. I'm not necessarily saying that I'd pull the trigger on such a trade, but you'd at least have to think about it, wouldn't you? I know kip is really high on Zegras, and I've been really high on Cozens for the past year or so. Byram looks like he could be an absolute stud. Like kip said, adding two of those pieces could put us closer to Cup contention than Hughes alone...
  7. I'm excited every year for the draft, because I'm a draft nerd... I'm more excited for this year's draft lottery for that reason though. April 9th baby!
  8. krsmith17

    2018 Prospects Watch

  9. krsmith17

    2019 Draft

    I'd probably lean toward keeping the number one pick too, only because of the unknown, who would be available at 3 and 10. We'd be guaranteed two really good players though. It would be an enticing offer for sure...
  10. krsmith17

    2019 Draft

    If we win the draft lottery and the Aves end up with pick 3 and pick 10, would anyone consider trading the number 1 overall for their two top 10 picks? eg: Would you trade Jack Hughes for Trevor Zegras / Dylan Cozens and Bowen Byram?
  11. krsmith17

    2019 Draft

    Nah, I don't think height matters as much in the modern NHL, but being THAT small will definitely scare a few teams away. He's basically the same size, and style of player as DeBrincat though. I think any team would be thrilled to get a DeBrincat in the top half of the first round.
  12. krsmith17

    2019 Draft

    Size. 5'7", 160lbs soaking wet. Could be the next DeBrincat. Doubt he drops outside the 1st round though. Likely a mid 1st rounder.
  13. Hard to argue this. Larkin is the far superior all around player, but Athanasiou is the better goal scorer in my opinion. Ideally Larkin is a 30 goal, 55 assist player, and Athanasiou a 35 goal, 30 assist player. Larkin currently has one more goal (27) in the same number of games (66), while averaging over 5 minutes more per game. Larkin plays against the oppositions best every night, but he's also played with better linemates all season, while AA is stuck with scrubs most nights. With Athanasiou finally getting more ice time, in a top six role, with better linemates, I think he'll finish ahead of Larkin for most goals on the season. Hopefully they both eclipse the 30 goal plateau.
  14. krsmith17

    News From Around the NHL

    My bad. That was supposed to say... I'd say Mantha has as good a chance to hit 30 NEXT year as Ovechkin has to hit 50 this year... But yes, even that I'm kind of kidding about. Just giving Jonas a hard time for saying Ovechkin was GUARANTEED to hit 50 or 60 or whatever he said, when he was on pace for 77 or whatever it was. Like I said a couple months ago, he has a "good chance" to hit 50, but nothing is guaranteed.
  15. krsmith17

    News From Around the NHL

    I'd say Mantha has as good a chance to hit 30 this year as Ovechkin has to hit 50 this year...