However, my bet is that Edmonton goes with Ryan Murray, or trades down. They don't need another forward. They're already stacked up front, with Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle and Hall already up there, and Paajarvi, Lander, Omark, Hartikainen and Pitlick already in the system. Beyond Klefblom and Musil, the defense looks hopeless. Murray would jump right in and play in the top 4 from day one.
That would be a huge mistake. You take Yakupov and run. Drafting Dmen high is risky. Many of the league's best weren't even selected in the first round.
Trade Gagner, Paajarvi, and some of their other forward prospects for young D.
I agree. I think if you get a chance to draft a generational talent you HAVE to take it. I don't know if Yakupov will be that but you have to take a chance. You are really missing an opportunity of a lifetime if you don't.
Hall is reckless, injury prone already and would fetch a fine, fine defenceman. Trade Gagner and get another top 4 D man. Keep Paajarvi and develop him into your shut down centre.
Goaltending is the easiest fix. Just go out and get one. People who waste time developing goaltenders are really wasting resources.