I think it is hard for us to have perspective here. BPA pick.
Problem is, with no 2nd round pick, any fwd help has to come via trade or compliance buy-out. Admittedly a tough row to hoe. But Jones as a talent would be a hard asset to pass up.
Does this mean other D prospects are now tradeable? With Jones being seen as NHL ready?
really wanted it to be Barkov, but I think we are all being a bit dramatic.
Jones will be awesome
Ditto, I was foaming at the mouth for Barkov, but you can't pass on Jones there.
The future trade scenarios, the less pressure on Pekka and the rest of our D-men, and the returned health of Wilson and development of Forsberg may right the ship more than we're anticipating. Pure need can be addressed in FA. We just drafted, if not the consensus best, the consensus 1B in this draft. Nothing to be sad about. If Barkov/Drouin would have been on the board, yeah, you think about it long and hard, but given who was taken it was a complete no brainer.
The offseason just started, the three best offensive players were taken with the top 3 picks, Jones was by far the best player available and ranked #1 or #2 overall and we got him at 4. I'm not seeing the problem.
If Poile doesn't add any offense in the offseason I would understand the frustration, I'm not seeing it right now though.