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04-14-2004, 06:43 PM
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Our prospect's future

I got this idea from the Wings board

Player / What you think there potential is:

Andrei Kastsitsyn : superstar,1st line forward
Alex Perezhogin : excellent 1st or 2nd line forward
Chris Higgins : 2nd line forward, he looks like koivu but better 2 way forward
Tomas Plekanec : 2nd line forward
Ron Hainsey : 2 or 3 dman , imo he should already be in mtl
Cory Urquhart : 1st or 2nd line forward
Yann Danis : 1st goalie, not a superstar but a great goalie
Marcel Hossa : 3rd line forward, imo he is a bust
Konstantin Korneev : 3rd dman, he looks like markov
Maxim Lapierre : 2nd or 3rd line forward
Oskari Korpikari : 4th dman, good stay at home defenceman
Ryan O'Byrne : 5/6 dman, imo he will never play in the nhl
Michael Lambert : 2nd line forward
Jaroslav Halak : backup goalie maybe 1st, I compare him to hedberg
Jonathan Ferland : 3rd line forward, excellent 2-way forward
Corey Locke : 1st or 2nd line forward, many people will disagree but i like this guy
Duncan Milroy : 2nd or 3rd line forward, imo he is a bust
Andrew Archer : 4/5 dman, good stay-at-home dman
Mark Flood : 4th dman, has good offensive skills
Alex Buturlin : 2nd or 3rd line forward, i like this guy but imo he will stay in russia
Danny Stewart : 3rd line forward , imo he will never play in the nhl
Jimmy Bonneau : 4rd line forward, goon
Andre Deveaux : imo he will never play in the nhl
Johan Eneqvist : imo he will never play in the nhl
Ryan Glenn : 5/6 dman
Chris Heino-Lindberg : maybe a backup goalie, imo he will never play in the nhl
Christian Larrivée : imo he will never play in the nhl
Tomas Linhart : 6th dman, imo he will never play in the nhl, bust
Olivier Michaud : backup goalie
Joni Puurula : backup goalie, imo he will never play in the nhl
Scott Selig : imo he will never play in the nhl
Matt Shasby : 5/6 dman
M-A Thinel : imo he will never play in the nhl
Rene Vydareny : 6th dman

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Andrei Kastsitsyn : superstar,1st line forward
Alex Perezhogin : excellent 1st or 2nd line forward
Chris Higgins : 2nd line forward, he looks like koivu but better 2 way forward
Tomas Plekanec : 2nd line forward
Ron Hainsey : 2 or 3 dman , imo he should already be in mtl
Cory Urquhart : Ahler
Yann Danis : Backup goalie
Marcel Hossa : First 2 lines or nothing
Konstantin Korneev : Offensive D-man top 4.
Maxim Lapierre : 2nd or 3rd line forward
Oskari Korpikari :
Ryan O'Byrne : Won't make it,probably a Ahler or echler
Michael Lambert :Echler
Jaroslav Halak : backup goalie maybe 1st, I compare him to hedberg
Jonathan Ferland : 3rd line forward, excellent 2-way forward
Corey Locke : Hum he'S a tough one to judge
Duncan Milroy :Ahler
Andrew Archer : 4/5 dman, good stay-at-home dman
Mark Flood : 4th dman, has good offensive skills
Alex Buturlin : Won't come in Na.
Danny Stewart : Won't make it,Echler
Jimmy Bonneau : 4rd line forward, goon
Andre Deveaux : imo he will never play in the nhl
Johan Eneqvist : imo he will never play in the nhl
Ryan Glenn : 5/6 dman
Chris Heino-Lindberg : maybe a backup goalie, imo he will never play in the nhl
Christian Larrivée : Echler
Tomas Linhart : 6th dman
Olivier Michaud : Ahler
Joni Puurula : Won't come in NA
Scott Selig : imo he will never play in the nhl
Matt Shasby : 5/6 dman
M-A Thinel : Echler

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04-14-2004, 07:04 PM
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Chris Higgins = future 1st line C

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I think you're looking too far. Those prospects are still developping, it's hard to tell where they'll stop.

Ryder and Markov were both late rounders and look where they are now. No one could "predict" their upside. At the same time, guys that are penned NHL 1st liners become lifetimer AHLer.

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I will only change some players:

Urqhart: 2nd line foward
Locke: 2nd line foward or nothing
O'Byrne: 5-6 D-man(I'm sure he can make it but he's a project)
Hossa: 1st, 2nd or 3rd line foward
Lapierre: 3rd line foward
Korpikari: 3rd or 4th D-man

I don't understand why people think Urqhart and O'Byrne can't make it.


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04-14-2004, 08:29 PM
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cmon guys... i need your opinion

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Andrei Kastsitsyn : 1st line forward
Alex Perezhogin : 2nd line forward
Chris Higgins : 2nd line forward
Tomas Plekanec : 2nd line forward
Ron Hainsey : 3 or 4 dman, PP specialist like Tarnstrom
Cory Urquhart : 2nd line forward
Yann Danis : Good Back-Up or 1rst in bad Team like Roloson
Marcel Hossa : Good talent but Bust
Konstantin Korneev : 5/6 Defense
Maxim Lapierre : 3rd 4th line forward
Oskari Korpikari : 5/6th dman
Ryan O'Byrne : 7/8 IMO he will never make it
Michael Lambert : AHLer but Talent is there
Jaroslav Halak : backup goalie
Jonathan Ferland : 4th line Foward
Corey Locke : AHLer
Duncan Milroy : AHLer
Andrew Archer : AHLer 7/8th dman
Mark Flood : 6/7th dman
Alex Buturlin : Will stay in Russia
Danny Stewart : AHLer much like Milroy
Jimmy Bonneau : 4rd line forward
Andre Deveaux : Will never make it
Johan Eneqvist : Will never make it
Ryan Glenn : 6/7th dman
Chris Heino-Lindberg : Will stay in Europe
Christian Larrivée : AHLer
Tomas Linhart : 4th dman He will suprise
Olivier Michaud : backup goalie
Joni Puurula : backup goalie
Scott Selig : Will never make it
Matt Shasby : AHLer
M-A Thinel : AHLer
Rene Vydareny : AHLer

Remember this is not their potential butonly what i think they'll be in the future it's only for fun and only my humble opinion you may disagree.

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Andrei Kastsitsyn :1th 2 line forward
Alex Perezhogin : excellent 1st or 2nd line forward
Chris Higgins : 1th line forward,imo I always tought this guy could make a great captain after Koivu
Tomas Plekanec : 1th 2 line forward
Ron Hainsey : 3, 4th d-man,great offensive skills just not enough mature
Cory Urquhart : 2 line forward
Yann Danis : #1 goalie great skills
Marcel Hossa : 1th 2 line POTENTIAL,If he work Is bust this guy could become something simillar to a power forward,but I only say IF HE WORK IS BUTT
Konstantin Korneev : 4th d-man
Maxim Lapierre : 3th line forward,great two way forward
Oskari Korpikari : don't know If he will make It,don't know alot about this guy
Ryan O'Byrne :6th d-man,verry good defensively,can hit pretty hard
Michael Lambert : 2 line potential
Jaroslav Halak : great combinaison of skills,he could be a regular
Jonathan Ferland :3 line forward,hit,got some decent skills but will not be racking the goals
Corey Locke : If he can adapte to the Nhl,we've got a heck of a player
Duncan Milroy : 2 or 3 line potential,next year Is pretty important for him
Andrew Archer : 4th or 5th d-man,I love this guy,he got the size
Mark Flood : great offensively,can score goals and Is responsible In Is zone
Alex Buturlin : 1th or 2 line potential,Is verry talented but don't know If he Is still Interessed In coming to NA
Danny Stewart : he need to work to make It to the Nhl
Jimmy Bonneau : great goon,will win the majority of Is fight and he prove this year that he can also score some goals
Andre Deveaux : 4th line,or Ahler
Johan Eneqvist : 2 or 3,but I don't think he will ever play In the Nhl
Ryan Glenn : I tought this guy was a bust,but he got a SUPER year,If he ever play In the Nhl he will need some years In the AHL to adapt
Chris Heino-Lindberg :backup
Christian Larrivée : 4th line or ahler
Tomas Linhart : he still got the potentil to be a 2 or 3 line d-man,we will just see how he devellop
Olivier Michaud : backup,not too far from a starter
Joni Puurula : will not play In the nhl
Scott Selig : bust
Matt Shasby : 5th d-man
M-A Thinel : ahler
Rene Vydareny : if he ever mak I 6th d-man,but probably a Ahler

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04-14-2004, 10:40 PM
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I got this idea from the Wings board

Player / What you think there potential is:

Andrei Kastsitsyn : superstar,1st line forward
Alex Perezhogin : excellent 1st or 2nd line forward
Chris Higgins : 2nd line forward, he looks like koivu but better 2 way forward
Tomas Plekanec : 2nd line forward
Ron Hainsey : 2 or 3 dman , imo he should already be in mtl
Cory Urquhart : 1st or 2nd line forward
Yann Danis : 1st goalie, not a superstar but a great goalie
Marcel Hossa : 3rd line forward, imo he is a bust
Konstantin Korneev : 3rd dman, he looks like markov
Maxim Lapierre : 2nd or 3rd line forward
Oskari Korpikari : 4th dman, good stay at home defenceman
Ryan O'Byrne : 5/6 dman, imo he will never play in the nhl
Michael Lambert : 2nd line forward
Jaroslav Halak : backup goalie maybe 1st, I compare him to hedberg
Jonathan Ferland : 3rd line forward, excellent 2-way forward
Corey Locke : 1st or 2nd line forward, many people will disagree but i like this guy
Duncan Milroy : 2nd or 3rd line forward, imo he is a bust
Andrew Archer : 4/5 dman, good stay-at-home dman
Mark Flood : 4th dman, has good offensive skills
Alex Buturlin : 2nd or 3rd line forward, i like this guy but imo he will stay in russia
Danny Stewart : 3rd line forward , imo he will never play in the nhl
Jimmy Bonneau : 4rd line forward, goon
Andre Deveaux : imo he will never play in the nhl
Johan Eneqvist : imo he will never play in the nhl
Ryan Glenn : 5/6 dman
Chris Heino-Lindberg : maybe a backup goalie, imo he will never play in the nhl
Christian Larrivée : imo he will never play in the nhl
Tomas Linhart : 6th dman, imo he will never play in the nhl, bust
Olivier Michaud : backup goalie
Joni Puurula : backup goalie, imo he will never play in the nhl
Scott Selig : imo he will never play in the nhl
Matt Shasby : 5/6 dman
M-A Thinel : imo he will never play in the nhl
Rene Vydareny : 6th dman
Funny how you rate them and yet I wonder how many you actualy seen play.
"Joni Puurula: backup goalie, imo will never play in the nhl."

Have you seen this guy? What part of his game needs improvement? What makes you think that he won't be a player?

Ryan Glenn? You think he may be a 5th D man? What type of a defenceman is he? Right handed or left handed? How far along in his development is he considering his age? How old is he?

me thinks this whole post is bogus.


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04-14-2004, 11:02 PM
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Don't give up on Hossa. Remember what everyone was saying about Ward a few years ago....(he's useless,wasted pick...etc..) Until he found his game.

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I got this idea from the Wings board

Player / What you think there potential is:

Andrei Kastsitsyn : superstar,1st line forward
Alex Perezhogin : excellent 1st or 2nd line forward
Chris Higgins : 2nd line forward, he looks like koivu but better 2 way forward
Tomas Plekanec : 2nd line forward
Ron Hainsey : 2 or 3 dman , imo he should already be in mtl
Cory Urquhart : 1st or 2nd line forward
Yann Danis : 1st goalie, not a superstar but a great goalie
Marcel Hossa : 3rd line forward, imo he is a bust
Konstantin Korneev : 3rd dman, he looks like markov
Maxim Lapierre : 2nd or 3rd line forward
Oskari Korpikari : 4th dman, good stay at home defenceman
Ryan O'Byrne : 5/6 dman, imo he will never play in the nhl
Michael Lambert : 2nd line forward
Jaroslav Halak : backup goalie maybe 1st, I compare him to hedberg
Jonathan Ferland : 3rd line forward, excellent 2-way forward
Corey Locke : 1st or 2nd line forward, many people will disagree but i like this guy
Duncan Milroy : 2nd or 3rd line forward, imo he is a bust
Andrew Archer : 4/5 dman, good stay-at-home dman
Mark Flood : 4th dman, has good offensive skills
Alex Buturlin : 2nd or 3rd line forward, i like this guy but imo he will stay in russia
Danny Stewart : 3rd line forward , imo he will never play in the nhl
Jimmy Bonneau : 4rd line forward, goon
Andre Deveaux : imo he will never play in the nhl
Johan Eneqvist : imo he will never play in the nhl
Ryan Glenn : 5/6 dman
Chris Heino-Lindberg : maybe a backup goalie, imo he will never play in the nhl
Christian Larrivée : imo he will never play in the nhl
Tomas Linhart : 6th dman, imo he will never play in the nhl, bust
Olivier Michaud : backup goalie
Joni Puurula : backup goalie, imo he will never play in the nhl
Scott Selig : imo he will never play in the nhl
Matt Shasby : 5/6 dman
M-A Thinel : imo he will never play in the nhl
Rene Vydareny : 6th dman
I think that you'r a lit bit too optimistic...I will be happy if 5 or 6 guys of this list ever play in the NHL ..... but I hope that you'r right

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04-14-2004, 11:24 PM
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Kastsitsyn: All Star - Star (can't miss)

Perezhogin: Star - great first line winger (cant miss)

Higgins: versatile heart and soul two way foward with great offensive skills (cant miss)

Plekanec: see Higgins (can't miss)

Hossa: second line foward (I would be surprised if Hossa does'nt make it in the NHL)

Urquhart: second line center or bust

Lapierre: third line center (All what it takes to be a great third line center)

Hainsey: first tiers defenseman or bust

IMO we have at least 5 quality prospects gonna play in the NHL some day, others are still projects!

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Andrei Kastsitsyn : 1st/2nd line forward
Alex Perezhogin : 1st/2nd line forward
Chris Higgins : 1st line forward
Tomas Plekanec : 2nd line forward, but probably not in Montreal
Ron Hainsey : Top 4th D-Man, but he could end up being 1st D-Man, or an AHLer...
Cory Urquhart : 2nd line forward at best, probably 3rd line, if he ever make it
Yann Danis : Can't say, but he could be a good goalie.
Marcel Hossa : He could end up 1st/2nd or 3rd line forward... But i don't have a good feeling about him... His career will be short.
Konstantin Korneev : Top 4th D-Man, at best
Maxim Lapierre : 3rd line forward
Oskari Korpikari : 5th-6th defenseman
Ryan O'Byrne : 6th Defenseman at best, AHLer probably.
Michael Lambert : Will never make it in Montreal, IMO
Jaroslav Halak : Incredible numbers, that's all I can say.
Jonathan Ferland : 3rd/4th line forward
Corey Locke : Will never make it. Small, weak and not fast.

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I wanna talk about the lower seeded prospects.

Theres something about Andre Deveaux that makes me think that he could make our team as a 3rd or 4th liner.

Lambert has everything: Size, speed, stick handling, shot, all he misses is some consistency and work ethic.

That finland guy Koripari (or something like that) looks like a wild card to me. During the WJC they said that he would be one of the leaders next year and he plays with heart and he has good size.

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I'd like to see a more interesting topic....

What do you think a player will become? It's easy to guess at a player's top-end potential, but it's a heckuva lot tougher to guage a player's real potential.

Lots of factors come into play that make it impossible to get everything right, but it's a more realistic approach than simply citing each player's top-end potential.


jcpenny... I'd highly disagree that Lambert 'has everything'. He has everything the same way Brian Savage does.

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I'd like to see a more interesting topic....
What do you think a player will become? It's easy to guess at a player's top-end potential, but it's a heckuva lot tougher to guage a player's real potential.
Going by what you say :

Andrei Kastsitsyn : A poor man Kovalev that will still make it as a 1st liner.

Alex Perezhogin : Poor man Al Mo. Excellent 2nd liner

Chris Higgins : Another good 2nd liner. Good offensively and responsible defensively. Will thrive under any system. The kind of player who plays bigger than he is.

Tomas Plekanec : A poor man Saku Koivu good for 2nd line duties on a non-contender. Will be reliable defensively and will play on our 3rd scoring line.

Ron Hainsey : I really don't know. But with Gainey on board I think he has a chance of making it. My crystal ball is really foggy. Oh well he'll be our american Brisebois.

Marcel Hossa : He'll become a defensively responsible third liner able to fill in for 2nd line duties when it is required of him.

Konstantin Korneev : A bit of a Jiri Slegr type of dman. Will struggle to make it full time in the NHL and will be a 3rd pairing PP specialist on a bad squad of dmen.

Oskari Korpikari : I don't think he'll make it to the NHL.

Jaroslav Halak : I would be surprised of seeing him make it to the NHL.

Jonathan Ferland : He'll be a physical 4th line grinder in Mtl in a couple of years.

Corey Locke : AHL star Gratton style. Good for a call up under severe injury crisis.

Danny Stewart : AHL 2nd liner

I've left a lot of them out because I've either never seen them play or haven't heard enough about them to make an opinion.

Some of them I've only had the chance to see them play at the WJC.

Is that what you meant Mike8 ?

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I don't get how people see Higgins being a 1st line center. I don't see that at all. He's more like a 3rd (possibly 2nd) liner when he's done developing. I think most of everyone's projections are very optimistic. Also, I think that since we have so many prospects, we should trade our 1st rounder this year cause we need to give the players we have the maximum attention and chance to make it.

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Also, I think that since we have so many prospects, we should trade our 1st rounder this year cause we need to give the players we have the maximum attention and chance to make it.
The problem with this is that giving up a first rounder usually implies you are getting an immediate impact player in return (otherwise it would be hard to rationalize giving it up). This means a possible roster spot for a rookie is lost, meaning they are stuck in the system therefore restricting both their big league development and possible influx of new prospects/competition into said system.

If there was reason to expect a strong draft a radical approach to developing our prospects would be to try to unload players in exchange for draft picks. Of course this would open up a few roster spots for them, and plans are laid for a few years down the road. Imagine (and I mean in a TOTALLY hypothetical way) how far we could move up the draft offering any combo of Theo/Garon, Higgins, Hossa, Perezhogin, Beauchemin, Ward or Sunny... Pleks, Katsitsyn, Hainsey and Komi move up... away you go. I doubt we'll see it go this far (I sure hope not anyway), but that's how to develop the young'ins.

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Is that what you meant Mike8 ?
Yeah, I think it's a little more interesting and realistic to try and project where each prospect will wind up. Right now Montreal has Hossa, Perezhogin, Kastitsyn, Higgins, Plekanec, Urquhart, Lambert who all have a good amount of offensive potential, but there's not a chance all of them will make it.

I'll run down the list from players I've seen.


Andrei Kastsitsyn: (haven't seen him play)
Alex Perezhogin: 2nd line scoring forward
Chris Higgins: scoring forward. Any line. Versatile.
Tomas Plekanec: 2nd line forward
Ron Hainsey: Unless I see some progression (there has been none that I've seen since he was drafted), AHL top pairing
Cory Urquhart: hard to say, he's progressed so far so I can see him developing into a second line spot.
Yann Danis: (haven't seen him play)
Marcel Hossa: Scoring forward. Versatile, can play on any of the top three lines depending on depth and where a big body's needed.
Konstantin Korneev: (haven't seen him other than a couple WJC games)
Maxim Lapierre: 4th liner, PK specialist and match-up player
Oskari Korpikari: Bottom pairing defenseman. Big, strong, thick, long reach, good skater, takes hits well, moves the puck well. Unspectacular but solid.
Ryan O'Byrne: Hard to say. He's an interesting package. He could very well not make it. I'm going to say he'll develop into a #6/7 role. Too much skating and size not to.
Michael Lambert: AHL depth
Jaroslav Halak: backup
Jonathan Ferland: 4th liner. Can be moved up a line if his ability to screen the goalie and sit in the crease is needed.
Corey Locke: AHL star
Duncan Milroy: I think he's a lot like Schaefer and his high-end potential is where Schaefer is now but I'm going to have to realistically say AHLer.
Andrew Archer: Bottom pairing defenseman. I like the weight he's added, skating he's added, the long reach and the fact that he's started working on his transition game.
Mark Flood: AHLer
Alex Buturlin: Will stay in Russia
Danny Stewart: AHLer
Jimmy Bonneau: ECHLer
Andre Deveaux: ECHLer
Johan Eneqvist: 4th liner, PK specialist, energy player
Ryan Glenn: AHL depth
Chris Heino-Lindberg: (haven't seen him play)
Christian Larrivée: AHL depth
Tomas Linhart: Second pairing defenseman in Czech Rep.
Olivier Michaud: AHL starter
Joni Puurula: Will likely never come over from Finland
Scott Selig: Will do something useful with his degree
Matt Shasby: AHL
M-A Thinel: AHL depth
Rene Vydareny: AHL depth

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Yeah, I think it's a little more interesting and realistic to try and project where each prospect will wind up. Right now Montreal has Hossa, Perezhogin, Kastitsyn, Higgins, Plekanec, Urquhart, Lambert who all have a good amount of offensive potential, but there's not a chance all of them will make it.

I'll run down the list from players I've seen.
I agree I think everyone can tell what upside those guys have. It's more interesting to know what other posters think about a given prospect.

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Andrei Kastsitsyn: (haven't seen him play)
Me neither.

I guess it was the optimistic fan in me speaking. All the other players I've seen play at least once.

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Cory Urquhart: hard to say, he's progressed so far so I can see him developing into a second line spot.
Michael Lambert: AHL depth
I agree with most of your picks, but I think Lambert is more likely to endup in the NHL (somewhere) than Urquhart; based on the few games I have seen anyway...

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Also, I think that since we have so many prospects, we should trade our 1st rounder this year cause we need to give the players we have the maximum attention and chance to make it.
Thinking like this can send us back a couple years in rebuilding our team. I was also reading about someone wanting to acquire UFA's this offseason to become one of the league's elite next year (if theres a season). That's what Savard tried to do when he acquired Czerk and McKay after our playoff run in 2002. In 1997, after making the playoffs, if the Sens would have decided to throw away their first round pics for established players thinking they had enough young depth coming up the ranks with Alfie, Berard, Daigle, Phillips, Yashin, Bonk, Demitra, Redden and etc, they would not have drafted Hossa and Havlat. (Ok maybe i took this a little too far )
Unless you're already an established young team, who has a REAL chance at being amongst the elite, I wouldn't trade away mym first round pick. Just my opinion.

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Thinking like this can send us back a couple years in rebuilding our team. I was also reading about someone wanting to acquire UFA's this offseason to become one of the league's elite next year (if theres a season). That's what Savard tried to do when he acquired Czerk and McKay after our playoff run in 2002. In 1997, after making the playoffs, if the Sens would have decided to throw away their first round pics for established players thinking they had enough young depth coming up the ranks with Alfie, Berard, Daigle, Phillips, Yashin, Bonk, Demitra, Redden and etc, they would not have drafted Hossa and Havlat. (Ok maybe i took this a little too far )
Unless you're already an established young team, who has a REAL chance at being amongst the elite, I wouldn't trade away mym first round pick. Just my opinion.

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I was also reading about someone wanting to acquire UFA's this offseason to become one of the league's elite next year (if theres a season).
Just as an aside, I reckon better than half the board wants to do that, in whole or in part... that UFA being Kovalev. I just figure that if you're going to spend $6M on a UFA, there's bound to be a better one than him out there.

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Just as an aside, I reckon better than half the board wants to do that, in whole or in part... that UFA being Kovalev. I just figure that if you're going to spend $6M on a UFA, there's bound to be a better one than him out there.
That's one reason why I was half-hoping we wouldn't make the playoffs. Don't get me wrong, I love the fact that we had such a succesful season. But because we did so well, it raises the fans' expectations too much and they become impatient wanting to have a top team right NOW. And then this puts pressure on the GM to make a big move (à la resigning Kovalev and other big UFA's) who may become Czerkawski/Audette/McKay/Berezins for us. We can't send them to the AHL cuz we're paying them 2/3+ million per year. And it's using up a roster spot.
Give it time. Wait 3-4 years before asking for a top tier team. Give Ribeiro, Ryder, Ward, Plekanec, Higgins, Perez, Komi, Kasti, Hainsey and Hossa time to play in the NHL and gain some experience. By then Theo (or Garon),Markov, Bulis, Koivu, Zednik, Souray, and Begin will have matured and be in their late 20's and early 30's and we'll have a contending team.

On the side: I wouldn't mind resigning Kovalev (if he doesnt ask any more than $5m) but only for one year. He puts on a good show and I dont really see any forwards pushing for a spot in the top 2 lines next year.


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