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04-12-2013, 07:46 AM
Jack de la Hoya
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Originally Posted by ORYX View Post
IMO, they should just draft where they are, unless they can get who they want a few spots lower.

Like trading the 5th or 6th for the 10th +, or something of that nature, but somehow knowing who is taking who inbetween.

Otherwise, stay. If they cant get Jones, you take the best player available. If it happens to be a bonafide star in the making, then we just made available other players to trade for a d-man.

Aside from Jones, we will be waiting for any of the remaining d-men to grow into an NHL player, likely 3-4 years for them to be at the stage of difference maker, at the least. I'd rather take a forward who can step in sooner, strengthen the depth of the forward core, making other players available to be traded for a potential #1 d-man that is in the NHL already.

With that said, at the same time, the core of this team is very young. Couturier, Giroux, Voracek, B. Schenn, L. Schenn, are all 25 or younger. They will get better with time, and the team will be better for it. It isnt a win now or the window is gone sort of deal.

If they can get a good young tender in the net, add a young potential #1 d-man, and retain the above players, all doable feats IMO, this team will be scary good in 2-3 years.
I think Ristolainen has a chance to make an NHL club next year, but Nurse would likely need several more seasons of development.

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