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11-10-2012, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Ottomatic View Post
When you're dealing with 17/18 yr olds I think teams are still willing to see if there is change-of-scenery cases with the youngsters.

Maletta, Bateman, Johnson, Clarke, Ebert, Marchese will hold certain value.

I don't know what Johnson's problem is this year, he was a slow starter last year as well, but did he buy into his own press clippings after being drafted or something? I still don't see him being traded though.

I think Maletta, Bateman, Clarke and possibly Ebert will be the ones dangled aggressively. I also think Emerson Clark has to go if we can bring in an OA with more offensive upside. We need to add a scoring second line center and we need a PPQB back on defence. Clarke will be a good third line center/checker/face-off guy on a contender. Bateman and Maletta could go to a rebuild team - both first round picks last year a team could look to add them to their young core and willing to give up an 18 yr old if they see themselves a couple years away.
You can throw Devlin in that mix as well I bet. I agree with most of what you say. I am not sure if Rychel and Boughner are talking about Maletta only because he didn't play last night unless they are talking in general about the coaches caring more. I would promote Graeme Brown and take my lumps, the D can't be worse than it already is. The hard part is finding a partner I would suggest Peterborough but they really don't have a GM so I imagine any decision has to go through ownership. Players of interest should be Koekkoekk, Nosad, Murphy, Varga, Quine, Ritchie(if he's healthy). I can't find another team out there that would want to shake things up, Ottawa giving up Monahan would be a dream for Windsor but it's not going to happen.

I guess you really hope Kokhlachev joins the fold, they need to go all out to secure Nick Schmaltz now as well. Colts were able to get Brendan Lemieux giving up North Dakota. Schmaltz has been great in GB but to even get him in the fold for next year is imperative. Also keep an eye on November 14th that is the early signing day for college hockey. If guys like Butcher and Allen sign there's a good chance you won't see them show in Windsor. If they hold off until the late signing period your chances are much improved. Another team that might be a partner for trade is Sudbury.

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