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04-02-2013, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Pinkfloyd View Post
Outside of Hertl and Nieto, the Sharks have no forward that projects beyond the 3rd line level. They have plenty of defensemen to fill out the depth levels. They're committing to Burns as their #1 and Vlasic is a serviceable partner for him for as long as they want to do that. They don't need much focus on that level with a young roster of d-men and solid group of d-men prospects. And honestly, the need for much attention or resources on goalies is dwindling overall. You can go years and not draft any and it wouldn't matter because it's cheap to go out and find someone to fill the role and do well as long as it fits.

If they can pluck two quality winger prospects out of the draft that can/will project to be a top six player, they will succeed in a short term refresh or whatever they want to call it. If they land three, it would be ideal in terms of preparing for the future as Marleau and Havlat will be on their way out when this class is about ready to step in. Three would actually fill a void if we assume Nieto is filling the fourth winger spot in the top six. However, it's not all that likely to get that kind of pull in this draft with their picks as they are.

To get two, they likely will need a solid pick in the first round and hope that one of their pretty much four second round picks goes to historic formula of a 25% clip of success.

Of course, all this doesn't mean anything if they find a long term solution by trading Boyle or someone else for a young winger that has many years of top six play in front of him.
I think drafting 2 potential top 6 in the next drafts and trading Boyle + one of Demers/Braun/Irwin/Tennyson this offseason for a young top 6 forward would be the best path to turn the top 6 fwds over.

In a few seasons, with the above 3 top fwds, plus Juicy and Pavs, that's not a bad top 6. Add Hamilton as a 3rd liner + our young defense. I kind of like that team down the road.

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