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  1. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    In all seriousness, I think Ottawa should strongly consider taking Holtz and Raymond (aka the Terror Twins), especially if they buy the maybe-not-so-far-out-there idea that Raymond is capable of being a legit centerman at the NHL level. As for the Wings? I don't have a strong preference. I guess I'd be happiest with one of Raymond, Drysdale, Rossi, Holtz, Sanderson. (I'm not a big fan of Perfetti's skating, but if Yzerman thinks it isn't a big deal, I'll back that pick.) "Wait wait wait," says the downtrodden, disillusioned Red Wings fan. "Jake f***ing Sanderson at 4th overall? Seriously?" Sure, why not. Watch this clip... ...and read this piece... https://dobberprospects.com/draft-class-deep-dive-lhd-jake-sanderson/ ...and try to tell me with a straight face that the thought of a Sanderson-Seider shutdown pairing doesn't make you wet. If the Atlantic Division is an arms race and there's no way we're going to be able to match the firepower of Tampa or Toronto or Buffalo, then maybe Yzerman should be striving to build a blue-collar big chungus defensive battleship team that can jam teams up like the 2019 Blues did. Point being: screw Lafreniere, screw Byfield, screw Stutzle, screw rankings, screw experts, screw bloggers, screw owners, screw Bettman, screw Crosby. The Wings are stuck in a maximum security prison; if they're going to escape, it won't be through the front door, in broad daylight.
  2. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    Going into this season, some people thought Raymond might challenge Lafreniere for 1st overall. https://hockeytroll.ca/2019/07/24/can-lucas-raymond-be-drafted-before-alexis-lafreniere-hell-be-fighting-for-a-spot-against-men-on-frolundas-shl-roster/ He didn't do that, but I've seen people making a case for him still being one of the heavyweights of this draft class.
  3. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    I definitely don't want Lafreniere to end up in our division. I definitely don't want to play against him five times a season and hear Ken and Mick talk about what a remarkable young player he is five times a season. I definitely don't want him to be the one to put us away in a Game 7. But, like I said, there's always going to be top talent in any and every division. The Atlantic already has a lot of players with good draft pedigree. Adding Lafreniere to the Atlantic mix might make things a bit harder for us, but so many things can and do change so much over the course of just a single year (never mind two or three or four or five) that I'm not going to assume things will go all-right for every Atlantic team not named the Detroit Red Wings for the next 4-8 years. The lotto was only about a week ago and already there's bad news for some good teams and good news for us: The cap will be stuck at $81.5M for the next two seasons.
  4. Dabura

    News From Around the NHL *Mod warning page 75*

    It's sounding like the cap will be $81.5M for the next two seasons. This is good news for the Wings.
  5. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    Well, now that we know we're not getting Lafreniere, we're free to talk s*** about him. Bob McKenzie said he's not viewed as a generational talent and he's not necessarily even considered a sure-thing franchise player. His floor is tremendous; he's a top-line NHL winger *right now*. No one in this draft class is anywhere near as NHL-ready as he is. No one else in this draft class is a solid top-line NHLer right now. HOWEVER, I've always said there's a decent chance that someone else in this draft class -- someone outside the top three -- ends up being a better NHLer. We have to identify that player. I hope there's someone that Yzerman and his people are in love with in the same way that the Canucks people were in love with Pettersson, and I hope we get that player, and I hope he's as good as Pettersson. Raymond might fit the 2017 Pettersson profile the best. For what it's worth...
  6. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    I wouldn't worry too much about intra-division competition. As with any division, the Atlantic will always have some dominant teams, some middling teams, and some bad teams. Some Atlantic teams will overachieve, some will underachieve, some will perform exactly as expected. The perceived hierarchy will always be fluid, will never be set in stone. For example: Boston is a top team right now, sure, but Chara is 43, Bergeron is 34, Krejci is 34, Marchand is 32, Rask is 32, and Krug is possibly on the way out. If Lafreniere lands with an Atlantic team, I'm going to be more annoyed than worried. You always have to assume that there are going to be multiple recent 1st and 2nd overall picks in your division -- and if you're a Wings fan, you always have to assume that not a single one of them will be on your team. I was hoping this draft would end the trend and I'm low-key devastated that it didn't. But I don't think this lotto outcome has really hurt us. It just didn't really help us the way we were hoping it would. We could've gotten a big shot in the arm, but we didn't. So, our status quo reality is unchanged. I'm sure Yzerman will turn this thing around. What's killing my HYPE! is the likely timeline. I can't do another three years of this. The universe has to give me a reason to remain as dialed-in as I've been. I'm tired of talking myself into being emotionally invested. Show me something.
  7. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    Thanks for the linkage. Not sure it really tells us anything tho. Clarity, Bleed American, Futures was such a great run of albums. Damn.
  8. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    I could've phrased that better. My bad. I'm assuming Yzerman is going to bring in some top-four(ish) help from outside the organization and err on the side of caution re: Seider's development -- i.e. keep Seider on the farm for at least the first couple months of the season. Note that this is simply where I'm setting my expectations; it's not necessarily how I think things will play out.
  9. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    Just to clarify: I was talking about the normal non-play-in 15-team lotto format. A lot of fans hate it, but I dunno that it's pissed off enough owners and GMs for it to be taken behind the woodshed within the next couple of years. The hope: Yzerman goes nuclear, throws offer sheets around, buys a top UFA, clears up the D logjam in anticipation of Seider making the team out of camp, tells his troops that it is now our mission to f*** everyone's s*** up because it's us versus the world. The expectation: Not a single one of those things happens and we continue to drift along with no star talent and no end to the rebuild in sight and no fans in the LCA lower bowl.
  10. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    Could happen. Not likely, IMO, but definitely not out of the realm of possibility. I think the league is virtually incapable of losing huge numbers of fans. Hockey is baked into Canadian life. If you're a huge hockey fan living in the States, you're following the sport because you genuinely love it; there's no other reason why you'd invest your time and money and energy and heart in a niche sport that eight out of ten Americans truly could not care less about. So, the league -- and when I say "the league," I mean the owners -- has a loyal, captive support base. And I think the Wings' base sort of exemplifies that. Wings fans are legion, and we're loyal, and we're resilient. We've been through a lot with our team and we've stuck with our team. The owners know they can count on us to be a big economic engine for them. But they may have pushed too hard this time. Even Wings fans have their limits. Sliding to 4th + no playoff revenue + Lafreniere going to a playoff team is too bold, even by this league's standards. Consider this. Our terrible 2019-20 team was determined to avenge our string of embarrassing blowout losses to the Habs. Maybe we finish the season with the worst record in modern history -- but if we can keep the Habs from making the playoffs, at least we will have restored some of our honor. And, indeed, we swept the season series and those games were basically the difference between the Habs making the playoffs and not making the playoffs. So what does the league do? The league says, "Y'know what, let's undo that one little moral victory of theirs, that one little point of pride. Let's get the Habs into the playoffs and let's give them a shot at Lafreniere. It's only fair." It's too much. Too bold. Too cruel. I think we may see a lot of Wings fans tune out. It'll only change if a large enough number of owners raise hell about it. I dunno that that's going to happen.
  11. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    I generally try to be at least somewhat level-headed about the Wings. Lately I find it to be draining, exhausting, the exact opposite of fun. Just a whole lot of coping, trying to talk myself into being HYPE!'d about stuff that probably doesn't warrant it. Yzerman has repeatedly stressed that fans are going to have to be patient, which is GM speak for "Unless we absolutely murder a couple of drafts, it's going to be at least another three years." We've dropped in every lotto draw we've been in and now we're hit with a lotto outcome that's so unbelievably stupid it's got non-conspiracy people thinking the 15-team lotto format is at best totally broken and at worst rigged. Mystery team wins the lotto and that will drive interest in a gimmick postseason and a gimmick second lotto, all while we get ready to use our first pick on someone who won't be in the NHL full-time until 2023 and prepare for another year of being the worst team in the league. Awesome. And you know what's going to happen in next season's lotto draw? We're going to drop. Or maybe we surprise everyone and finish 14th from the bottom. Given how these past few lotto draws have turned out, you'd think we'd have a good chance of winning one of the top three spots, right? Wrong. The worst three teams would get the top three picks. Because the Wings are consistently on the wrong side of everything. > "No, you can't spend all that money. Stop trying to win. We need Parity™." > "No, you can't have backdiving contracts, so we're going to retroactively punish you for something you did that wasn't officially considered wrong at the time. We need Parity™." > "No, your insistence on maintaining a winning culture and extending your playoff streak will get you no sympathy from our lotto system machinations. You should tank. It's the smart thing to do. Finishing in no man's land is stupid af. We need Parity™." > "No, stop tanking. Why are you tanking? My God, stop tanking. All you Red Wings do is tank. Look at all these model franchises who aren't tanking. My God, have some self-respect and show some semblance of tact. We need Parity™." > "Look, if you think New Jersey and Buffalo are proof that the 15-team lotto hasn't actually fixed The Edmonton Problem...how dare you. We need Parity™." > "Look, if you think this whole play-in thing is a cynical, calculated, underhanded gimmick designed to drive ratings...how dare you. We need Parity™." > "Look, the odds were against you placing in the top three, so I don't know why you're complaining. It's the odds. Who dictates the odds? Well, surely not us. The odds come down from a higher authority. God himself, in fact. We need Parity™." > "Colorado has dropped from 1st to 4th twice and they seem to be doing alright. I know they got MacKinnon before the 15-team lotto became a thing, but that's beside the point. If it's such a big deal to you, maybe you should've sucked as hard as the Avs did that season. Maybe then you'd have MacKinnon. We need Parity™." I'm tired of it. Hockey's supposed to be an escape from bulls***.
  12. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    I can very easily imagine him targeting any one of the guys in the consensus 4-12 range, so I really have no set expectations about the pick. Could be that he loves Askarov. Could be that he loves Drysdale. Could be that he loves Raymond. Could be that he loves Holtz. Could be that he loves Rossi. Could be that he loves Sanderson. Could be that he loves Perfetti. Could be that he loves Lundell. Could be that he loves Quinn. Could be that he trades back. Well, then we need to start knocking some skater picks out of the park. We've been tanking for several years now and the fact that so much was riding on this lotto outcome speaks to how unimpressive our progress has been. Assuming this trend would otherwise definitely continue for another 3(+) years, I think it's reasonable to ask whether the time has come to switch things up a bit and think outside the box and take more high-risk-high-reward chances. I'd probably take Drysdale at 4th. But my interest in the Wings is hanging on by a thread right now and I'm already pretty sure I'm not going to be following along closely next season, so I'm really hoping Yzerman works some magic and dramatically shortens the rebuild timeline.
  13. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    I gave the league the benefit of the doubt because they had floated that five-team lotto idea. Shame on me. Which brings us back to the goalie discussion from a few months ago. Find an absolute elite goalie and, theoretically, the need to find an absolutely elite player at each skating position diminishes. Goalies are voodoo, yes, but they're also important, and Askarov is about as close to a sure-thing star goalie as it gets. So, if you're Yzerman and you'd rather not spend the next five years telling Wings that you feel Jonatan Berggren can be a real important piece of blah blah blah blah blah blah, do you just say f*** it and take the stud goalie with your first pick?
  14. Dabura

    2020 Draft Thread

    Yeah.
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    2020 Draft Thread