With all these talks about trades, moving up, moving down....I still think the Canes stay at #5, end up with Monahan (or maybe Lindholm) and draft D with the 2nd/3rd round picks.
JR will then sign someone like Komisarek as a cheap defensive option, promote Murphy, and sign one of Corvo/Sanguinetti/MAB as the #7 and call it a day.
Look at JR's other moves to acquire defense in the off-season in recent years: Tanabe, Corvo (twice), Babchuk, Melichar, Alberts, Harrison or trading for Aaron Ward. About the only time in recent years he's splurged on a defenseman in the off-season, it backfired (T. Kaberle).
BBA, while I agree that's probably going to happen, it's also the least interesting result.
It really depends on which JR wakes up on draft day:
Good point. Over the past couple of years, JR has bucked some of his traditional trends. Grabbing Murphy was a surprise. J.Staal wasn't too much of a surprise, but a bold move by Rutherford. Signing Semin was bucking the trend. Heck, even the Kaberle move went against the grain a bit, just didn't work out.
Drop down to 12 for the 5. Pick up Gormley as compensation and draft Nurse or Risto.
With Faulk here and Murphy, Lowe, Carrick, Levi, Biega in the pipeline, our D problems will be solved for the next 10-15 years.
If this deal were on the table it is the way to go. Probably not how JR would actually go as he is in win-now mindset but a strong d-core like this would take the Canes into permanent contender territory.
Add Mark Staal to this bunch and we go from lacking top-4 D for the past half decade to a surplus.
lol. We'll be waiting until 2020 for that top 4 to be decent.
I wouldn't be so sure. The Kings had a 22-year-old Doughty, a 22-year-old Voynov, and 23-year-old Alec Martinez taking a regular shift for them when they won the championship. Not saying it's a common sight, and they did suppliment those guys with veterans like Scuderi, Greene, and Mitchell, but it's not entirely impossible to have a productive and young Top 4 without all four guys being world beaters. Doughty being our Faulk in that scenario.... just something to think about perhaps. I tend to agree that it would be a "fantasy draft" kind of move with virtually none of those players having NHL experience, but to say it would take more than a couple of years for that group to make an impact might be selling them short.
Agreed. And I think Lowe has the potential to be that tough SOB other teams really don't want to play against.
But I guess if a prospect can't contribute at this very moment then he sucks and will never succeed.
Lowe excites me in the sense of being a bottom pairing ******* in the not too distant future. But there again, I thought Austin Levi would be the one to make that transition. I just can't see what is wrong with him. Prospect blindspot for me apparently. Lots of tools.
Since our BFF trading partner seems to be Philadelphia, I see Gustafsson and the 11 for the 5.
Regardless, these scenarios make too much sense for them to actually happen.
Little surprised to see this as a Flyers fan. How high are you on Gustafsson? Flyers fans always planned for him to be Timonen's replacement, but at this point in his career I'd still say he's a bottom pairing guy. He was great at the World Championships though and played a lot of minutes.