Red Wings Draft Thread 2013
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05-17-2013, 09:01 AM
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The main problem is that we're still drafting at the bottom. At 18th overall, in this years draft, all of the good centerman with #1 potential will likely be gone before we can pick. The only centers I could see us taking are Horvat/Lazar/Wennberg and I think Horvat/Wennberg would have to fall to us and they project more as #2C guys then #1C. They only way to pick someone with #1C potential is to be in the top 10, or in some cases the top 3/5. I'd have no problem taking the BPA when we pick but by trading for someone like Edler/#2C we could trade some of our excess prospects for that center/defenceman. I think both will fill needs going forward as only Jarnkrok/Smith/Sproul even are projecting to fill those roles.
There comes a time when you have to sell off the surplus before you start to lose those players to waivers/contract space limits you. Soon we'll be at the 50 contract limit and GR is extremely full with some of our prospects having to be in the ECHL next year. If we continue to horde our prospects and we continue to hit we're going to have to make some tough choices about who we keep.
I agree that we need to sell some of our pieces because we have an overload but I'd prefer to use them to go after a potential #1C. Either moving up in the draft or trade with Col, Phi etc who have C depth or someone like Burmistrov. Then sign someone like Stalberg to replace where Tatar would go. That gets rid of some of our size issues as well.
Say we lose Tatar and Smith for the #1C. Then we could sign a solid D man as a stop gap. That Veteran experience would be nice too with Kronwall as our only D man over 30. Kindl and DD looked good together.
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