If I were Edmonton, I'd probably trade down a few spots where Dumba/Murray would still be avalaible to acquire other picks (probably in the 2nd round). I could see Toronto being interested a lot in Grigorenko, same with the Habs. (Assuming the drafting order stays the same)
Actually the Habs have no reason to trade down.If they want a center one will be there between Grig or Galch.
Forsberg will be there if we decide to go with him.
Strange thing is next to Yak Murray seems to be the other player some are saying could turn out to be a franchise player.Do be surprise that the Habs decide to go with a shot at a franchise D-man over a 1st line top center.Stranger things have happened.
Edm had some good forwards and are very weak at defense. Their smart move would be to take a chance on a franchise D-man but than again not all teams can see an inch pass their nose.
True but watching a whole line become ineffective because the center can't do anything is too painful.
Which line is struggling because their center can't do anything? The Horcoff line has been struggling because Horcoff/Smyth/Jones/Belanger have been a pile of suck since late November, not just Horcoff and Belanger. The second line has been inconsistent when Hall was out, but that's not only Gagner's fault, its also because Hemsky had the worst year of his career and for some stupid reason Smyth kept getting time there when he was playing like a ball of suck. The blame isn't only to go to the centers for our lack of production, its our forward depth in general after the three kids. Jones should be playing 3rd/4th line. Smyth should retire. Horcoff and/or Belanger should be 4th line, the other as our 13th forward (or gone). And we need to find another top six forward, or at least a guy who can fill in as one when we need him to, and that isn't Jones, and it isn't Smyth. And Hemsky needs to play consistently or pack his bags. My point is that it wasn't JUST the centers, it was our veteran forwards in general.
Yeah, it's not like blue chip forwards in their early 20s would be worth anything in trade value or anything.
Most teams arent looking to trade their blue chip young defensemen.
That's where the BPA argument falls apart. People think they can just cook up a trade for an OEL or a Doughty like they are playing NHL12. It simply doesnt work like that. You most likely are going to get some kind of distressed asset in return.
tell me, which d-man did Pittsburgh or Chicago pick in the top 5?
Well Chicago only drafted top 5 twice, unlike Edmonton. They didn't screw up in the 2003 draft, and got Seabrook. Lucked out in the 2nd round, and got Keith. Very slim Oilers get a top pairing guy from the 2nd rounds on. Pittsburgh stepped into an age where they were able to draft two generational players, but they were able to use UFA to acquire solid defenders. Edmonton is undesirable at this point for guys to come.
i really hope not. its like ur looking at the place of birth and u decide who burke is going to pick... its been said upper management has been at sarnia, quebec and kitchener (yakopov/gally, grigorenko, faksa top prospects on those teams)
i would be very upset if Burke reaches for Trouba at 5... very very very upset especially when the likes of either galchenyuk,murray,dumba,forsberg would be available.
Seems like a pretty good opportunity to get what the team lacks most.
galchenyuk/forsberg/murray/dumba will be available at 5. i think we will stick at 5 thank u, unless u want #5 and something like franson for the 2nd but i dont want to trade that pick, the player there will be a very good player.