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07-30-2012, 03:09 PM
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Still shocked that so many people think the Isles will remain all the way on the bottom of the East. They've got good goaltending, they've got a very good first line now and their defense is passable, that's a lot more than I can say for Toronto. If the Isles do end up in 15th in the East it is only because the other teams in the Atlantic are very good. But in all honesty I could easily see the Isles step past the Devils this season.
From a long-term perspective, the Isles would be better served finishing dead last than trying to compete for a playoff spot. They won't make it anyway, but at least a top-3 draft pick will be a significant improvement to their squad, whereas a #12 pick will need several years to develop, and even then would have worse than 50-50 chance of being a top-6 forward or a top-4 defenseman.
They should trade Streit, Visnovsky (who doesn't even want to be there), Carkner, Reasoner, Pandolfo and Nabokov for whatever draft picks and prospects they can bring back. Some of these players will bring back real assets, and some will bring back only mid-round picks, but it's still worth doing.
Reload the system with both quality early draft picks and a large quantity of later draft picks, and when added to their current players and prospects, they will be in good shape in 2-4 years.
The way they are moving now, they will max out as a mid-range team.
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