1. Try to trade Babchuk/Cole/Samsonov and one or two of our surplus of forward roster players/prospects for a top 4 d-man.
2. Skinner (I wanted him to begin with and defended him here after we took him even though I was really surprised about it). As for non 1st rounders I wanted us to take flyers/give hard look at on Merrill, Weal, Knight, D. Smith, B. Ross, Pulkkinen, Beukeboom, Kuehnhackl, Zucker, Silas to name a few guys taken by other teams. I absolutely didn't want Kabanov but since he fell further and further down the board I would have used one of our mid to late seconds to select him. JR and co. had a pretty good draft though,IMO, and I'm perfectly happy with it.
3. Wouldn't have brought Babchuk and/or Carson back and would have waived Samsonov so I could try to sign Seidenberg, Tallinder, Lydman, Michalek, Martin, Hamhuis or Volchenkov. Obviously since we didn't waive anyone and brought back a few defenders so we didn't have the money for that.
4. I don't have enough time to get into that, LOL
Obviously my key concern would have been to bring in a top 4 guy capable of eating ES/SH minutes which we sorely lack as of now.
Trades: Assuming I'd have taken over before the draft, I'd have made the same moves he did at the draft. Nash for a 2nd is decent value most likely, and definitely would have done the Sanguinetti and Matsumoto trades.
I would have tried to parlay one of our prospects or Babchuk and a lower salary dump (Cole, LaRose, etc) into a Sarich or Wideman type salary dump. Not sure it would have worked but it's what I would have tried to do.
Skinner at #7 is definitely a good pick given the teams needs.
Faulk and Alt I would have gone after as well. Isles broke my heart by taking Kabanov 2 picks before us in the 3rd, but I'm OK with Biega. Levi I may have changed into Pulkinen or Donskoi. Shugg works. No major complaints about Stahl or Andersen that late, although I might have gone with Chudinov over either.
Frolov, I definitely would have done 3 million/1 year, or even 3.5/1 year for him.
Corvo I would have brought back at that price, I'd be crazy not to.
That's it, no other major targets I wanted. Youth movement
No one-way for Harrison at least, that's for sure. Nothing else signed this year that I want to fix. I'd try to lock up Pitkanen NOW though and possibly Jokinen as well.