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05-07-2007, 02:00 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Crested Butte, CO
Trading up, IMO, is a fluid thing... it will all depend on how the picks in front of them start developing. For example, let's say they decide they really really want JVR if they can get him and he's worth a trade, but they don' t think the price is right for a top 3 pick. Then suddenly it's pick 6 and he's still there because someone reached, now you might make the move.
A Canucks poster asked if anyone in the top 10 would trade down for their first rounder (which goes between Atl and NJ so we would have three picks in a row) and
, G Boston College.
It got me thinking - Schneider is really an outstanding goalie. And with the glut of goalie bodies we have it almost seems obscene to add another. However, I think Schneider is on a par with Schwarz as far as top-end talent. If in two years' time we had Schwarz and Schneider competing for the top job in the NHL and Bishop starting in Peoria, that would really give this organization a chance to "build from the net out."
Maybe it's gunshyness with netminding, but if Schwarz doesn't quite live up to potential (which could happen), then we're suddenly stocked full with good but not great talent. Legace, Bacashihua, Sanford and CBT are not the guys who will take this team to a Cup. Barulin might not come over and Berra and Hiller are unknowns. So that leaves Schwarz and Bishop where we have our brightest hopes. If Schwarz falters a bit, now we have a lot of serviceable but not elite talent.
Adding a guy like Schneider is an insurance policy against that. Schwarz, Schneider and Bishop is a hell of a way to build from the net out. The cost would be moving down from 9 to 24 or 25 in a draft that Jarmo has said he likes the 15-30 spots better than the 1-15 spots.
Just flirting with the idea... I might wake up in the morning and hate it. Schneider as far as I know has not officially declared he's leaving school before his senior year - could be wrong there. But if true, then whatever plan we were going to execute this offseason to clear out room we still can.
The big plus is that with a could-be-elite trio of young Gs plus a young, deep D, we are 2/3 of the way toward rebuilding and feeling very secure on those fronts. Turn Backman into Lupul, draft two forwards (+ a Dman) in the first round and sign a #1 center in UFA and we've got ourselves a hell of an offseason.
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