krsmith17

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    2018 Prospects Watch

    Veleno made his season debut tonight, and Drummondville stomped Shawinigan 12-1. Unfortunately, Joe was only in on two of the twelve goals scored with a goal and an assist, but hey, it's a start. So, through one game, he's on a 2 PTS/G pace, and I fully expect him to continue that pace through the full season. McIsaac is still out with injury.
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    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.
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    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...
  4. 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!
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    2018 Prospects Watch

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    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...
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
  10. 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.
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    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.
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    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...
  13. I think you're confusing "high-end" with elite... MacKinnon, Point, Wheeler, Marner, Bergeron, Pastrnak, Scheifele, Eichel, Panarin, Lindholm, Giroux, Stone, Kessel, DeBrincat, Atkinson, Zibanejad, Krejci, Pavelski, Boeser, Arvidsson, Reinhart, Johansen, Barzal, Forsberg, Perron, Tuch, Palmieri, Oshie, Marchessault, Trocheck, Konecny, Johnson, Kapanen... just to name a few. Some of those guys I'd consider elite, some I would consider high-end, but ALL would significantly help our team... which is the point. There are a ton of high-end right shot forwards in the league, and more coming every year. The fact that we haven't had a single one in the past decade is kind of crazy isn't it?
  14. I don't think there's anything to it. I doubt the Wings have any bias for or against left / right shooters. I just wish they would make it somewhat of a priority to add one or two high end right-handed wingers in the next couple years. I don't think a team can't win with a left-handed heavy forward group, I just think it makes it much easier to make plays in the offensive zone with a balanced attack from both sides of the ice.
  15. No, that wasn't my *only* complaint about those guys being drafted, but it was a complaint since long before they were drafted. And it still hasn't been addressed. Like I said, I don't care how we acquire a high-end right-handed winger (sniper), I just think it needs to happen, hopefully sooner than later...
  16. Rasmussen was not the best player available two years ago. Svechnikov was not the best player available four years ago. There were higher regarded right-handed forwards available in both drafts.
  17. I've mentioned this several times, so I didn't think I needed to explain (again) in detail, but what I meant was high-end forwards. Not one in the entire organization. In my opinion, we need to add a Zadina type right-handed sniper.
  18. I have no problem with these signings, but it's becoming laughable that virtually every player that man drafts, signs, trades for is left-handed. Of course he shouldn't pass over more talented players in the draft just because of handedness. And he shouldn't not sign the top free agents just because they're left-handed. But in my opinion, he should be actively trying to pursue some right-handed forwards via trade.
  19. I'm just happy they're both lefties, because f*** righties...
  20. I'll be at the game tonight! F*** the Tank! No Larkin sucks, but looking forward to see the rest of the boys! GO WINGS!!!
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    3/7 Zadina Era GDT - Rangers @ Red Wings - 7:30 PM ET

    Thanks man! I seen a game at Amalie a few years ago. Never been to BB&T yet though. Looking forward to it!
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    3/7 Zadina Era GDT - Rangers @ Red Wings - 7:30 PM ET

    Both games in FL, Saturday and Sunday. So HYPED to see Zadina. Just hope Larkin is healthy, along with the rest of the young guns (Mantha, Athanasiou, Bertuzzi, Hronek, etc). Would love to see Cholo too, but I don't see that unless another defenseman or two go down...
  23. Maybe, if you consider a "successful rebuild", never winning a Cup... The Sharks have never been "on top" before or after not bottoming out... They also have two top 10 (lottery) picks that they've drafted, to go along with the two top 5 picks they've traded for. I think the Wings could get back to the playoffs with the players currently in the system. Maybe they could even get to the Conference / Cup Final if everything went right. But I wouldn't bet on them winning another Cup without adding another couple elite players (top 10 picks). That's just my opinion though...
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    3/7 Zadina Era GDT - Rangers @ Red Wings - 7:30 PM ET

    F***! Larkin better be good to go this weekend...