You watch. We will finish as the worst team in the league and lose the lottery for the 1st overall pick.
This team is cursed.
I would be fine with the 2nd or 3rd pick. One of Drouin/Jones/MacKinnon will be there. With ROR gone and Stazz on the outs, we will need another center as bad as we need another defenseman. It really depends on what we get in return for our guys.
This team NEEDS the 1st overall pick this year, and we need that pick to become an elite player. I'm leaning towards Mackinnon, simply because the Avs have the worst luck ever in drafting defensemen. I'd rather trade Stastny, ROR, or both for defensive help.
-Get as much as we can for ROR and Stastny
- Fire Sacco at the end of the season
- Draft Mackinnon
- Sign another key free agent winger
- Get everyone healthy over the summer
- Come back next season with a mission to make the playoffs
Assuming we land a high pick, with all the good centres in the top-5 of this draft, we need to trade Stastny. He could fetch at least a 1st round pick to a contender, it's better than having him not give a s**t out there every night.
Hell, sign Bozak to be our #2 C in the offseason, at least he tries.
Get rid of Succo. That is a must. Then as for the lineup;Jones is the only fringe forward in the top six, would like to get a better winger who may actually score...but him and Stats had clicked before, maybe a little heart injected into that line by Lando could go a long way? Places McGinn and Downie back in proper 3rd line roles. Also allows Sgarbossa some capable wingers to play with. Finally it places Johnny Malkin in a more suitable 4th line role. McLeod is still there to rough some people up and keep teams honest. Palushaj could provide some decent offense with Johnny M on the fourth line, not like we are looking for anymore than 15+ points each, maybe 20?
Trade ROR for maybe a draft pick and a capable top 4 d-man. We need more depth at D, that is a must but wont be fixed by next year nor likely the year after. Hopefully add a few pieces here and there while our offense flourishes under a new coach...ok maybe that last statement is a little too optimistic..they still need to fire Sacco first
I want Drouin, he really impressed me in the WJ on a very shaky Team Canada. I think he out shined MacKinnon in that tourny.
But hey, I won't complain if we end up with Jones or MacKinnon
I must admit, I'm not convinced from that video. Some of those highlight reel goals don't look like they'd happen in the NHL and he kinda hunches over a little and has his head down (at times in that video) when skating, I think he'd be a prime candidate for a concussion, especially given the Avs' luck (or lack thereof.)