This same rumour comes up every single year. Usually, we know it's ********.
This year however, I would not be surprised at all to see it happen. I think anyone taken in the top-5 could easily become the best player in the draft in a few years and anyone in the top-10 could possibly be.
There's no Stamkos, Tavares, Mackinnon, McDavid, etc. If you're a team at Florida I think you are definitely "shopping" the pick to see what's out there instead of being passive.
I think you meant to say **As of now there is not Stamkos, Tavares, Mackinnon Types**
Just because they may not look as good at 17 years old does not mean that they can't develop into top NHL players.
Their is a reason players like Karlsson were taken after a player like Bogosian.. players develop differently and you just never know.
I'd make available from Buffalo: Ehrhoff (w/ salary retained), Ennis, Hodgson, Foligno, NYI 2014 or 2015 1st, STL 2015 1st, most prospects.
Off the table are: Myers, Ristolainen, Zadorov, BUF 1sts in 2014-15.
If Florida would take a package of assets from that 1st pool, I'd be ecstatic to draft both Sams, but I'm not interested in giving up our strength on the blue line for the pick.
For the 2372345235th time Oiler fans, you are not getting a redo on that first overall pick of Yakupov. Either you have to hope he decides to actually try to play defense, or sell him low.
Most Oiler fans are not in favour of trading Yakupov as we have high hopes for him still, and most are aware that his value is low.
For me I'm not interested in trading any assets to move up in this draft. I will be equally as happy no matter which one of Bennett, Ekblad, Reinhart, or Draisaitl the Oilers pick.
Ottawa fans remind me of Toronto fans pre-2010 draft. So angry that they gave up huge assets for a one dimensional winger that failed. Thus Ottawa fans hate all talk regarding this years draft.
MacTavish signs UFA's just to annoy you
Same as it ever was. I doubt it happens. Ekblad seems like such a great fit. But maybe they're willing to trade picks with Edmonton if Edmonton really sweetens the pot. I guess the price would depend on how Florida values nurse or other Edmonton prospects.
Nurse and 3rd overall to move up 2 spots? Bennett/Ekblad/Reinart and maybe Draisaitl could easily be 1st overalls this year. If Florida hadn't previously taken Huberdeau, and Barkov they would be all over one of the centre's. Team need does not make a player the consensus #1 pick or infinitely more valuable. Consensus is that Florida has a nice group of centres and could use another D prospect(with Kulikov, and Gudbranson not living up to potential)
Dale Tallon is a GM doing what GMs are supposed to do (see the value of their pick).
Other GMs are going to do what GMs are supposed to do (see what Tallon wants for the pick).
In the end, either Tallon won't think he's offered enough or other GMs will think he's asking too much. Tallon will pick first overall, and all the rumors of "what could have been" trades as well as fantasy line-ups of "if my team gets first overall, my lineup will look like this for the next ten years" will live on in HF lore.
In other words, I'm not expecting much.
Exactly this! (though if any team will trade the #1 overall, its Florida as they have done it a couple times in their history).
I'd want the Leafs to grab Ekblad, he would bring more balance to our defensive pairings.
I would move 8th OV + Gardiner + Gauthier for 1st OV + a decent depth role player or 8th OV + Kadri to get him.
If the pick is traded and another team values Reinhart/Bennett/Draisaitl more than Ekblad(I think its a given that Buffalo is grabbing a C with their depth on the backend) I'd do that for the Oilers 3rd overall.