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05-16-2013, 07:04 AM
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It would be fantastic if TB did pick Nichushkin though.

1. COL - Seth Jones
2. FLA - Nathan Mackinnon
3. TB - Valeri Nichushkin
4. NSH - Jonathan Drouin

Then we would be guaranteed one of Barkov, Monahan, or Lindholm. Basically, I think there will be a collective Oil Country fist pump if Yzerman steps up and calls Nichushkin's name.

If I was MacT, I'd check in with the Canes to see what it would cost to swap picks with them (assuming they are looking for someone other than one of the Cs) - Using Beerfish's draft pick value spreadsheet from last year, which IMO is pretty damned good, the difference between 5th and 7th is approximately 275, which is the value of a mid 2nd round pick (ie - ANA 2nd). Or one of our prospects if need be. Then if neither Drouin or Nich are picked in the top 4, try to get that 5th pick to make sure you can get one of the Cs. If BOTH Drouin and Nich go in the top 4, then you stand pat and take whichever is left of Barkov, Lindholm and Monahan.

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