It's Time to Tank: Who Gets Moved
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03-06-2013, 06:28 AM
Join Date: Nov 2011
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They do it by developing a strong core, and surrounding that core with players in a supporting role. We're still in the process of building our core here in Florida. W
e have some nice pieces on the NHL team right now, but there needs to be more added to it, particularly in the top 6.
Considering there are about 5 forwards in this years draft who seem like sure fire top 6 guys (Mackinnon, Drouin, Barkov, Lindholm, and Monahan) and others who could be top 6 guys if developed correctly (Nichushkin, Gauthier, Erne, Duclair, Mantha, among others) it makes sense for some fans to hope we tank and trade off some pieces for draft picks. This seems like a lost season with all the injuries anyway, unless the kids turn this around.
If I'm Tallon, I'd listen to offers for everyone on the current roster but the kids (Huberdeau, Shore, Gudbranson, Markstrom, and Robak). I'd call up Howden and Petrovic (when he gets healthy) from San Antonio to get them some experience. I'd sign a few undrafted NCAA free agents and give them a look at the NHL level, hoping to unearth the next Garrison/Conacher. The future is now and it's time to sit back and watch the young guys grow.
That makes sense. Players in the top 6 definitely have a better chance of becoming special players at the NHL level. From an intellectual standpoint, I guess I understand. With our record and current roster, ultimately a top 6 pick would be more advantageous... but, personally, I just can't do it. Come puck drop I'm thinking about the 1st round of the playoffs, not 1st round of the draft.
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