Phoenix just got better, St. Louis is getting Chris Mason and Patrick Berglund this season, Hawks get better. And what are the Jackets doing?
LA is better too. What Western teams are the Jackets better than?
I dunno, I don't really care about drafting high anymore. It obviously hasn't worked for us so far. I say just try to build the best team they can, and then raid Detroit's scouting department. They've shown that you can find talent further down in the draft, whereas we've had trouble even getting our 1st rounders to be more than adequate.
Screw next year's draft. We're up to our eyeballs in prospects. If we're in the Tavares-Hedman race next year, then f this f-ing team.
Plus if you give up the picks now, you have a year to try to get other picks back if its really that big of a deal.
Meanwhile, we need offensive help now.
If we're in the race to pick for Tavares next year, there won't be much of a fan base here to make it matter. Significant improvement this season is (dare I say) CRITICAL. After yesterday's developments, we've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.