Changing our draft strategy
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01-30-2013, 01:24 AM
Join Date: Jun 2006
fit styles not overall value
if the NYR want to emulate a draft strategy they should focus on 2 of their most recent 1st rounders Brady skej *shAY* and Chris Kreider.
Both are elite skaters with both HW size(100kg would be HW in int'l wrestling etc) and standing 6'3 both have superb chance of being top 2 line or even starting lineup regulars. Skej reminds of a young B.Hedican and has superb lateral agility and should be a solid no frills #4 dman that can play a steady simple game.
as for the Maximum skill and elite goal scoring focus...many have tried but usually the elite smaller bodied scorers slip past the 1st round. sure scouting has become more advanced but there are many solid prospects coming outside of the tradtional hotbeds of Eastern Europe, Canada and scandinivian lands like sweden/Finland.
More talent from places like Denmark, Lithuania, etc+++ a strong need for systems play means that having your minor team mirror the type of team wanted at the NHL level is a sure fire way of easing the rookies and prospects into NHL service.
Better to have the youngsters be overripe and seasoned like the wings have been doing than to rush them into service before they're physically mature.
Keeping Kreider was a major Major Major step up. If he can be clutch like C.Lemieux then the NYR would a scary combo of size, speed, and skill at Lw
1 of the 3 between FAsth, Thomas, and Nieves should be a solid #2 option at Rw.
The need is to have 6 elite skating defenders that combine good passing and size with a bit of grit from 1 or 2 of them and maybe a good speed skater (Gilroy maybe?) that can play Forward and Defense to play a torpedo style.
Right now the biggest play I can think of would be to either trade a minor asset and mid round 3-4th pick for cody Franson as he is a low risk /Hi reward specialist for a rental....OR....GO BIG and try to dangle MDZ and a grinder like McIlrath for a speedskater with the necessary size to make the NYR blueline truly elite like E.Johnson.
Avalanche have 4 good Right shooting youngsters on D w/ Barrie, Elliott, and D.siemens. They also have a need for a proven PPQB like Del Zotto which wouldn't hurt the NYR offense too much to lose because they could transform the style of their PP attack from a dump and chase to a skating and puckcarrying style if both E.J. and Gilroy were given open season to Rush the puck on the PP. The trade cost would be a lot lower than the cost of Nash but a similar 3-4 part package would probably be needed to overkill and compensate for landing a former 1st overall skater.
short of getting J.Bouwmeester as UFA there are no elite skating power defenders that can fill that rare role.
as for wingers....keep on stocking up on the speedy guys like fasth, bourque, thomas in the later rounds and keep the cap hit lower by not overpaying for 3-4 line talent.
Pyatt at 1.5 mill is perfect fit...guys like that help to win cups eventually.
Asham-Rupp-Gilroy(use him on PP instead of Bickell/stralman)
maybe pickup Anthony stewart as a fill in winger for 3rd/4th line for his speed/size and then entice brother Chris to join Anthony on a line...2 good wings for 5m total would be a nice combo if Tortorella can get Chris to backcheck and shot block.
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