Tuesday, August 25, 2020

REDRAFTING NEW YORK RANGERS FOR A DECADE (2003-2013)

 


The New York Rangers struggled to draft during the mid 2000s and into the 2010s, which might be a reason why they never were thought of as a legit contender at the time. If the Rangers had drafted correctly, they might have been able to build a championship caliber team.

In this blog, I will be redrafting the New York Rangers for a decade in hopes of turning them into a contending team.


2003:

12-Brent Burns over Hugh Jessiman

50-Corey Crawford over Ivan Baranka

209-Dustin Byfuglien over Dylan Reese

243-Matt Moulson over Jan Marek

In the 2003 redraft, the Rangers fare much better than they did originally; they get two star players in Brent Burns and Dustin Byfuglien, they also get a good goalie in Corey Crawford and decent complementary goal scorer in Matt Moulson.


2004:

19-Travis Zajac over Loui Korpikoski

36-Brandon Dubinsky over Darin Olver

48-Alex Goligoski over Dane Byers

73-Alexander Edler over Zdenek Bahensky

The Rangers add two very good defenseman in Alex Goligoski and Alex Edler, as well as two solid centers in Travis Zajac and Brandon Dubinsky.

2005:

12-TJ Oshie over Marc Staal

40-Paul Stastny over Michael Sauer

56-Kris Letang over Marc-Andre Cliche

178-Patric Hornqvist over Greg Beller

The Rangers add three important forwards to their roster in TJ Oshie, Paul Stastny and Patric Hornqvist, as well as a star defenseman in Kris Letang.


2006:

21-Claude Giroux over Bobby Sanguinetti

54-Brad Marchand over Artem Anisimov

84-Mathieu Perreault over Ryan Hiller

174-Leo Komarov over Eric Hunter

The Rangers strike gold in this draft landing Claude Giroux and Brad Marchand, two superstar players, as well as two solid role players in Perreault and Komarov.


2007:

17-Max Pacioretty over Alexei Cherepanov

48-Evgenii Dadonov over Antoine Lafleur

138-Carl Hagelin over Max Campbell

168-Nick Bonino

The Rangers add an all star caliber winger in Max Pacioretty as well as well as three very good complementary forwards in Evgenii Dadonov, Carl Hagelin and Nick Bonino.


2008:

20-Jordan Eberle over Michael Del Zotto

53-Derek Stepan

90-Braden Holtby over Tomas Kundratek

111-Gustav Nyquist over Dale Weise

The Rangers add three very good forwards in Jordan Eberle, Derek Stepan and Gustav Nyquist and a great goalie in Braden Holtby.


2009:

19-Chris Kreider

47-Reilly Smith over Ethan Werek

80-David Savard over Ryan Bourque

140-Mike Hoffman over Roman Horak

The Rangers hit the jackpot in this draft, landing 4 high impact players in Chris Kreider, Reilly Smith, Mike Hoffman and David Savard.


2010:

10-Cam Fowler over Dylan McIlrath

40-Tyler Toffoli over Christian Thomas

100-John Klingberg over Andrew Yogan

138-Mark Stone over Jason Wilson

In 2010, the Rangers draft 4 great players in Tyler Toffoli, John Klingberg and Cam Fowler, as well as a star player in Mark Stone.


2011:

15-JT Miller

72-JG Pageau over Steven Fogarty

136-Josh Manson over Samuel Noreau

172-Ryan Dzingel over Peter Ceresnak

The Rangers get 4 very good complementary players in JT Miller, JG Pageau, Josh Manson and Ryan Dzingel; they will be solid role players on the team.


2012:

28-Chris Tierney over Brady Skjei

59-Esa Lindell over Cristoval Nieves

119-Connor Hellebuyck over Calle Andersson

142-Alex Kerfoot over Thomas Spelling

The Rangers hit the jackpot in this draft adding a stud goalie in Connor Hellebuyck as well as a top pair defenseman in Esa Lindell. Chris Tierney and Alex Kerfoot give them depth on the team dwon the road.


2013:


65-Jake Guentzel over Adam Tambellini

78-Anthony Duclair over Pavel Buchnevich

110-Ryan Graves

170-Andreas Johnsson over Mackenzie Skapski


Mathieu Perreault, Leo Komarov leave in free agency in the 2013 offseason.


The New York Rangers make a few trades due to salary cap purposes:


New York Rangers trade Corey Crawford, Brandon Dubinsky, Alex Kerfoot to the Winnipeg Jets for Ben Chiarot, 1st round pick 2014 (Kevin Fiala), 3rd round pick 2014 (Elvis Merzlikins).

The Winnipeg Jets get a starting goalie in Corey Crawford, a good two way center in Brandon Dubinsky and a good prospect in Alex Kerfoot, while the Rangers get Ben Chiarot, a prospect defenseman and 2 draft picks.


The Rangers also trade Kris Letang, JG Pageau, Matt Moulson to the San Jose Sharks for Tomas Hertl, Jason Demers, Matt Nieto, 1st round pick 2015 (Timo Meier).

The Sharks add a franchise Defenseman in Kris Letang, a great two way center in JG Pageau and a 20 goal scorer in Matt Moulson, while the Rangers get Tomas Hertl, a great young forward, Jason Demers, Matt Nieto and a 1st round pick.


Paul Stastny, Travis Zajac, Alex Edler are traded to the to the Ottawa Senators for Mika Zibanejad, 2nd round pick 2014 (Brayden Point), 1st round pick 2015 (Thomas Chabot).

The Senators get 3 really good players in Stastny, Zajac and Edler, which turns them into a playoff team right away, while the Rangers get Mika Zibanejad, a center with star potential, a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick. 


Dustin Byfuglien to the Florida Panthers for 2nd round pick 2014 (Christian Dvorak), 1st round pick 2015 (Brock Boeser), 2nd round pick 2015 (Erik Cernak).

Florida Panthers get a stud top pair defenseman in Dustin Byfuglien for 3 early picks in the upcoming drafts.

New York Rangers also trade Henrik Lundqvist, Patric Hornqvist to the Carolina Hurricanes for Anton Khudobin,  1st round pick 2014 (William Nylander), 2nd round pick 2015 (Sebastian Aho).

The Hurricanes get Henrik Lundqvist, one of the best goalies in the league and Patric Hornqvist, a top 6 scoring winger, while the Rangers get Anton Khudobin, a great backup goalie and 2 early draft picks.

Jordan Eberle, Gustav Nyquist, Ben Chiarot are traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jake Gardiner, 3rd round pick 2014 (Igor Shesterkin).

The Maple Leafs get two top 6 forwards in Eberle and Nyquist also with a top 6 defenseman in Ben Chiarot, while the Rangers get Jake Gardiner, a top 4 defenseman and a 3rd round pick.


2013-14 New York Rangers

M.Pacioretty-C.Giroux-TJ.Oshie

B.Marchand-M.Zibanejad-R.Smith

C.Kreider-D.Stepan-T.Toffoli

C.Hagelin-N.Bonino-M.Nieto

A.Goligoski-B.Burns

C.Fowler-D.Savard

J.Gardiner-J.Demers

B.Holtby

A.Khudobin

Top Prospects:

F: B.Point, S.Aho, M.Stone, B.Boeser, J.Guentzel, K.Fiala, W.Nylander, M.Hoffman, T.Hertl, T.Meier, JT.Miller, A.Duclair, C.Dvorak, A.Johnsson, C.Tierney, R.Dzingel

D: T.Chabot, J.Klingberg, E.Lindell, J.Manson, R.Graves, E.Cernak

G: C.Hellebuyck, Igor Shesterkin, E.Merzlikins


The New York Rangers are now a contending team that has the pieces in place to be a dynasty.



Monday, August 24, 2020

PROSPECT PROFILES: RYAN O'ROURKE

 Ryan O'Rourke
Soo Greyhounds
OHL
D
6'2"/181


Size/Strength       Excellent

Skating       Good

Shot/Scoring       Average

Puckhandling          Average

Physical Play       Excellent

Offensive Play       Average

Defensive Play       Excellent

Hockey Sense         Good

Competitiveness      Excellent


Strengths

1. Terrific Defensive awareness and leadership ability

2. excels shutting down oppositions top players and thrives under pressure

3. Very mobile and makes smart decisions with the puck

Cause for Concern

1. Offensive production

2. Offensive game is still a bit raw 

Skill:

A mature all around defenseman that is a pain to play against and excels in pressure situations and as a leader.


Scouting Report:

Ryan O'Rourke is a very mature defender, that playing well above his age. He’s able to be used in all situations, whether its shutting down opponents top lines or chipping in offensively. O'Rourke has great self awareness will allow him to adapt. At his worst, he’s a simple, hard-to-play-against, puck-moving defenceman of high character. Whoever drafts O’Rourke is going to get a dependable defenseman who will have no trouble causing headaches for the opposition. He also knows how to play under stressful situations, how to respond under pressure, which I think is a huge characteristic of a leader. O’Rourke is a player with first-round talent who could fall into the early stages of the second round, somewhere in the range of 27 to 36.

NHL Potential: 

Top 4 Shutdown defenseman


Style Comparison: Charlie McAvoy

Stats: 

Soo Greyhounds    OHL       62 GP        8 G       22 Pts             +8  

Soo Greyhounds    OHL       54 GP       7 G        37 Pts             +16



REBUILDING 2017-18 NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

The New York Islanders are doing great right now but there was letting John Tavares walk for nothing was absolutely on the Islanders not Tavares.

Even though Tavares said he wanted to stay with the team, the Islanders should have made a smart business decision and that is to trade him at the deadline.


Since John Tavares was going to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs anyways, the Islanders should trade him there at the deadline.

New York Islanders trade John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs for William Nylander, James Van Riemsdyk, 1st round pick 2018. If John Tavares re-signs with the Maple Leafs, the Islanders get an additional 2020 1st round pick.

This big blockbuster trade sees the Toronto Maple Leafs land John Tavares, while the Islanders get William Nylander and James Van Riemdsyk a 2 future 1st round picks.


Without John Tavares, the Islanders finish with 7th worst record in the league.


Before the 2018 draft, the New York Islanders make a few trades:

New York Islanders trade James Van Riemsdyk to the to the New Jersey Devils for Will Butcher, Pat Maroon, 2nd round pick 2019.

The Devils get a top 6 winger in JVR while the Islanders get Will Butcher, a solid offensive defenseman and Pat Maroon, a good top 9 forward.


They also trade Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy to the Ottawa Senators for Mike Hoffman, 2nd round pick 2018, 2nd round pick 2019.

The Islanders get Mike Hoffman, a proven goal scorer and two 2nd round picks, while the Senators get Josh Bailey, a top 6 forward and Nick Leddy, a very good top 4 defenseman.


At the 2018 draft, the New York Islanders trade picks 25, 37, 48 to the Columbus Blue Jackets for picks 18, 49.


Changes in 2018 draft:

7-Quinn Hughes

12-Joel Farabee 

18-(from CBJ) Liam Foudy

49-(from CBJ) Akil Thomas

134-Veini Vehvilainen


New York Islanders re-sign Patrick Maroon to a 1 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season.


There is no change in standings for the Islanders during the 2018-19 season; they finish with the exact same record.


Before the 2019 draft, the New York Islanders make two major trade:


New York Islanders trade Anders Lee to the Anaheim Ducks for Maxime Comtois, Troy Terry, 1st round pick 2020 in a sign and trade.

The Ducks get a 1st line LW to pair with Ryan Getzlaf, while the Islanders get Maxime Comtois and Troy Terry, two bright young players and a 1st round pick.


The Islanders also trade Mike Hoffman, Devon Toews to the Minnesota Wild for Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle, Jonas Brodin.

The Wild add a top goal scorer in the league in Mike Hoffman and a very good defenseman in Devon Toews, while the Islanders add Jason Zucker and Charlie Coyle, two very good top 6 forwards and Jonas Brodin, a good top 4 defenseman.


Changes in 2019 draft:


23-Connor McMichael

37-Nils Hoglander


New York Islanders re-sign Robin Lehner to a 3 yr deal worth 5 million per season.

The Islanders let Jordan Eberle, Pat Maroon walk in free agency because Islanders are going through a semi-rebuild.


The New York Islanders have a much worst record in the 2019-20 season and have the 5th pick in the draft.


The New York islanders don't trade for JG Pageau because they already have great centers on the team.

Before the 2020 Draft, the New York Islanders trade Adam Pelech to the Montreal Canadiens for 2nd round pick 2020.

Changes in 2020 draft:

5-Marco Rossi

6-Jamie Drysdale

13-Dawson Mercer


New York Islanders buyout Cal Clutterbuck and Andrew Ladd, which frees up the cap space to sign some free agents.


New York Islanders re-sign Matt Barzal to a 8 yr deal worth 7.5 million per season

Ryan Pulock is re-signed to a 7 yr deal worth 5.5 million per season

Max Domi is re-signed to a 4 yr deal worth 4.5 million per season

New York Islanders sign Alex Pietrangelo in Free Agency to a 7 yr deal worth 8.75 million per season.


The New York Islanders make two trades before the 2020-21 season:

New York Islanders acquire Chandler Stephenson, Nick Cousins, Jimmy Schuldt, 1st round pick 2021 from Vegas Golden Knights for Jason Zucker. 

The Islanders get some versitaile fourth line players in Stephenson and Cousins and a decent prospect in Jimmy Schuldt, while the Golden Knights get Jason Zucker to add to their already stacked roster. The Isles also get a 1st round pick in 2021.

Michael Dal Colle, Troy Terry are traded to the San Jose Sharks for 2nd round pick 2021, 3rd round pick 2021.

The Islanders get a couple of picks for Dal Colle and Terry, two players that didn't fit the Islanders.


2020-21 New York Islanders

M.Comtois-M.Barzal-W.Nylander

B.Nelson-C.McMichael-J.Farabee

A.Beauvillier-C.Coyle-L.Foudy

N.Cousins-C.Cizikas-C.Stephenson

Q.Hughes-A.Pietrangelo

J.Brodin-R.Pulock

W.Butcher-S.Mayfield

R.Lehner

I.Sorokin

Top Prospects:

F: M.Rossi, D.Mercer, N.Hoglander, A.Thomas

D: J.Drysdale, J.Schuldt

G: V.Vehviläinen

The New York Islanders are now a really stacked team and would also be set to be contenders for the next couple of years.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

REDRAFTING COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FOR A DECADE (2003-2013)

 The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted terribly from when they entered the NHL to 2013, they have many chances to draft franchise changing talent but they opted instead to draft players that would turn into the biggest bust in recent memory.

In this blog, i redraft the Columbus Blue Jackets for a decade and try to turn them into a contending team.


2003:

4-Ryan Suter over Nikolay Zherdev

49-David Backes over Dan Fritsche

103-Joe Pavelski over Kevin Jarman

168-Dustin Byfuglien over Marc Methot

The Columbus Blue Jackets draft 2 stud defenseman in Ryan Suter and Dustin Byfuglien as well as an elite scorer in Joe Pavelski and a very solid top 6 forward in David Backes.


2004:

8-Cory Schneider over Alexandre Picard

46-Brandon Dubinsky over Adam Pineault

59-Alex Goligoski over Kyle Wharton

133-Kris Versteeg over Petr Pohl

Columbus drafts a very good starting goalie in Cory Schneider along with a solid two way defenseman in Alex Goligoski, a solid two way center in Brandon Dubinsky and a nice role player in Kris Versteeg.


2005:

6-Anze Kopitar over Gilbert Brule

55-Kris Letang over Adam McQuaid

67-Ben Bishop over Kris Russell

101-Niklas Hjalmarsson over Jared Boll

The Blue Jackets strike gold in the 2005 draft, netting a superstar center in Anze Kopitar, a star defenseman in Kris Letang, a future vezina caliber goalie in Ben Bishop and a very good defensive defenseman in Niklas Hjalmarsson.


2006:

6-Derick Brassard

69-Brad Marchand over Steve Mason

85-Matt Beleskey over Tom Sestito

159-Andrew MacDonald over Jesse Dudas

This wasn't a very deep draft but the Blue Jackets still walk away from the draft with a star player in Brad Marchand, a very clutch forward in Derick Brassard, a borderline top 4 defenseman in Anderw MacDonald and 3rd line forward in Matt Beleskey.


2007:

7-Jakub Voracek 

37-Wayne Simmonds over Stefan Legein

68-Alex Killorn over Jake Hansen

158-Carl Hagelin over Allen York

The Blue Jackets did well in the 2007 draft, they end up with an all star caliber players in Jakub Voracek; they also drafted three very good role players in Alex Killorn, Wayne Simmonds and Carl Hagelin.


2008:

6-John Carlson over Nikita Filatov

37-Derek Stepan over Cody Goloubef

107-TJ Brodie over Steve Delisle

157-Cam Atkinson

The Blue Jackets hit a homerun in the 2008 draft getting 4 really impactful players, including John Carlson and Cam Atkinson. Derek Stepan will be a terrific 2nd line center and TJ Brodie can be a good top 4 defenseman for the Blue Jackets as well.


2009:

21-Ryan O'Reilly over John Moore

56-Tomas Tatar over Kevin Lynch

94-David Savard

137-Darcy Kuemper over Thomas Larkin

The Blue Jackets get 3 stud players in the 2009 draft in Ryan O'Reilly, Tomas Tatar and David Savard. Darcy Kuemper can be a good 1B behind Ben Bishop.


2010:

4-Vladimir Tarasenko over Ryan Johansen

34-Jason Zucker over Dalton Smith

102-Petr Mrazek over Mathieu Cordeil-Theirieault

124-Brendan Gallagher over Austin Madaisky

The Blue Jackets once again hit the jackpot in the draft landing three high impact wingers in Tarasenko, Zucker and Gallagher. Petr Mrazek could potentially be trade bait.


2011:

37-John Gibson over Boone Jenner

66-JG Pageau over JT Tynan

98-Johnny Gaudreau over Mike Reilly

158-Josh Manson over Lukas Sedlak

The Blue Jackets add to their already stacked pool of prospects by drafting John Gibson, a future stud in goal, Johnny Gaudreau, a star winger, Josh Manson, a top 4 defenseman and JG Pageau a top 6 center.


2012:

2-Morgan Rielly over Ryan Murray

31-Esa Lindell over Oscar Dansk

62-Joonas Korpisalo

95-Andreas Athanasiou over Josh Anderson

The Blue Jackets Add two top 4 defenseman in Morgan Reilly and Esa Lindell, which allows them to let Ryan Suter walk in Free Agency. Andreas Athanasiou can be a solid 3rd line player for the Blue jackets and Joonas Korpisalo is most likely going to be trade bait.


Before the 2013 draft, Cory Schneider is traded to the the New Jersey Devils for 1st round pick 2013.


2013:


9-(from NJ) Bo Horvat

14-Ryan Pulock over Alexander Wennberg

19-Anthony Mantha over Kerby Rychel

27-JT Compher over Marko Dano

50-Tyler Bertuzzi over Dillon Heatherington

Columbus adds more depth to the prospect pool by adding a rising stud defenseman in Ryan Pulock and a stud young winger in Anthony Mantha. They also add two very solid role players in JT Compher and Tyler Bertuzzi.


The Blue Jackets allow Matt Beleskey, Kris Versteeg and Niklas Hjalmarsson to leave in free agency.


By the 2013-14 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have build a super team that has the potential to be a dynasty.


Before the 2013-14 season, a few trades are made due to salary cap purposes:

Columbus Blue Jackets trade Jakub Voracek, Alex Goligoski, Brandon Dubinsky to the Edmonton Oilers for David Perron, Jeff Petry, 1st round pick 2014 (Nikolaj Ehlers).

In this mega blockbuster deal, the Blue Jackets get David Perron to pair with Ryan O'Reilly and Jeff Petry, a young defenseman with some offensive upside and a 1st round pick, while the Oilers get Jakub Voracek, a star player that they really needed, Brandon Dubinsky, a great two way center and Alex Goligoski, a solid two way defenseman.

Columbus also trade Joe Pavelski, David Backes, TJ Brodie to the Minnesota Wild for Charlie Coyle, Jonas Brodin, 1st round pick 2014 (Alex Tuch).

The Columbus Blue Jackets get that top 4 defenseman to pair with John Carlson in Jonas Brodin, a promising young power forward in Charlie Coyle and a first round pick, while the Minnesota Wild get Joe Pavelski, an elite goal scorer, David Backes, a player with size, leadership and some goal scoring and TJ Brodie, a top 4 defenseman.

Derick Brassard, Wayne Simmonds are traded to the Boston Bruins for 2nd round pick 2015 (Brandon Carlo), 2nd round pick 2015 (Jordan Greenway), 2nd round pick 2015 (Rasmus Andersson).

The Boston Bruins get Derick Brassard, a clutch two way forward and Wayne Simmonds, a gritty power forward that can score for 3 2nd round picks.

The Blue Jackets also trade Jeff Petry, Josh Manson, Petr Mrazek, Alex Tuch to the Ottawa Senators for Zack Smith, 1st round pick 2015 (Thomas Chabot).

This big blockbuster trade sees a few players including Jeff Petry, Josh Manson, Petr Mrazek, Alex Tuch get deal to the Ottawa Senators for Zach Smith and a 1st round pick.

Andrew MacDonald is dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers for 2nd round pick 2015, 3rd round pick 2016.

The Philadelphia Flyers receive Andrew MacDonald from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a pair of draft picks.


2013-14 Columbus Blue Jackets

B.Marchand-A.Kopitar-V.Tarasenko

D.Perron-R.O'Reilly-C.Atkinson

A.Killorn-D.Stepan-B.Gallagher

C.Hagelin-Z.Smith-C.Coyle

D.Byfuglien-K.Letang

J.Brodin-J.Carlson

M.Rielly-D.Savard

B.Bishop

D.Kuemper

Top Prospects

F: J.Gaudreau, B.Horvat, N.Ehlers, A.Mantha, J.Zucker, Ty.Bertuzzi, JG Pageau, JT Compher, J.Greenway, A.Athanasiou

D: T.Chabot, R.Pulock, E.Lindell, B.Carlo, R.Andersson 

G: J.Gibson, J.Korpisalo


The Columbus Blue Jackets will now not only be ready to contend for a cup in the 2013-14 season but they will be contenders for many years to come.


Monday, August 17, 2020

PROSPECT PROFILES JACOB PERREAULT

Jacob Perreault

Sarnia Sting

OHL

C

5'11"/198



Size/Strength         Average

Skating         Above Average

Shot/Scoring         Excellent

Puckhandling          Excellent

Physical Play         Average

Offensive Play Excellent

Defensive Play Below Average

Hockey Sense        Good

Competitiveness     Excellent

Strengths

1. Owns one of the best shots in the draft and is easily one of the most lethal bad-angle scorers

2. Can snipe it from anywhere and has silky-smooth hands with a soft touch, which allows him to roof pucks from in close

3. Has tremendous puck control and also is a very good passer around the net

Cause for Concern

1. Defensive zone coverage

2. Needs to improve his skating speed

3. Needs to add more strength 

Skill:

One of the best pure scorers in the draft, has one of the best shots in the draft and very good puck control.

Scouting Report:

Jacob Perreault is the son of former NHL center Yannic Perreault but plays an entirely different way than his father Yanic used to. Perreault has one of the best shots in the draft, he can snipe it from anywhere and is a lethal scorer especially when shooting from a bad angle. Along with being a tremendous scorer, Perreault also is a great passer and has phenominal puck control. He can play both Wing and Center but as of right now he should play the wing until he improves on the defensive side of the puck. His play in the Defensive zone leaves much to be desired and he also isn't the best skater either. Jacob Perreault will need some to round out his game but he certainly does have the potential to be an elite top 6 scorer in the NHL. As far as where Perreault will go in the draft, i think Perreault will be a late first round pick.

NHL Potential:

Elite Top 6 scoring forward

Style Comparison: Kyle Connor

Stats: 

Sarnia Sting    OHL       63 GP       30 G       55 Pts    

Sarnia Sting    OHL       57 GP       39 G       70 Pts


REBUILDING 2017-18 OTTAWA SENATORS

 

Coming off a successful run in the 2017 playoffs, the Ottawa Senators thought they were legit contenders in the Eastern Conference, so instead of rebuilding like they should have, they traded for Matt Duchene, which is now in hindsight one of the worst trades in recent memory.

The rebuild starts at the 2017 draft, where a few trades take place:

Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris to the Carolina Hurricanes for Justin Faulk, Elias Lindholm, 1st round pick 2017, 1st round pick 2018.

The Carolina Hurricanes wanted to add that true number 1 defenseman and their aren't much better than Erik Karlsson. Kyle Turris will be a solid 3rd line center for them behind Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal.

On the Flip side, the Senators get Justin Faulk, a top 4 defenseman who can step in and fill the void offensively and Elias Lindholm a very talented young player; the Sens also get 2 first round picks, which can be used to pick a core player. 


The Senators also trade Mike Hoffman, Derick Brassard, 2nd round pick 2017 to the New York Rangers for Kevin Hayes, JT Miller.

Mike Hoffman and Derick Brassard are good players but they don't fit with direction of the team anymore as they are in a rebuild. Kevin Hayes and JT Miller are two players who are a bit younger and could potentially be used a trade bait later on.

Ryan Dzingel, Cody Ceci, Zack Smith are traded to the New Jersey Devils for Patrick Maroon, 2nd round pick 2017, 3rd round pick 2019.

The Devils need more depth on the team so adding players such as Dzingel, Ceci and Smith will help them a ton. On the flip side, the Senators get Patrick Maroon, who was a pending UFA and two draft picks.

At the 2017 draft, the Ottawa Senators trade picks 28, 36 to the Dallas Stars for picks 26, 39.

Changes in 2017 draft:

12-(from CAR) Martin Necas

26-(from DAL) Jake Oettinger

39-(from DAL) Alexandre Texier

121-Drake Batherson

The Ottawa Senators DON'T trade for Matt Duchene, as they aren't a contender anymore.


The Ottawa Senators finish the 2017-18 season with the 3rd worst record in the league but end up with the 4th pick in the 2018 draft.

Before the 2018 draft, the Senators make one major trade:

Ottawa Senators trade Mark Stone to the Nashville Predators for Kevin Fiala, Eeli Tolvanen, Calle Jarnkrok, 1st round pick 2019.

The Nashville Predators get an absolute star in Mark Stone, which will absolutely improve their forward core. On the flip side, the Ottawa Senators get an up and coming young forward in Kevin Fiala, a promising young prospect in Eeli Tolvanen, a solid role player in Calle Jarnkrok and a 1st round pick.


Changes in 2018 draft:

2-(from CAR) Andrei Svechnikov

4-Quinn Hughes

26-Joe Veleno

48-Akil Thomas


The Ottawa Senators finish the 2018-19 season with the worst record in the NHL but end up with the 3rd pick in the draft.

Before the 2019 draft, one major trade is made:

Ottawa Senators trade Kevin Hayes, Justin Faulk to the Anaheim Ducks for Sam Steel, Brandon Montour, Maxime Comtois, 1st round pick 2019.

The Anaheim Ducks address a major weakness on the team with the addition of Kevin Hayes and strength the depth down the middle; Justin Faulk will give the Anaheim Ducks that power play quarterback they have been searching for. On the Flip side, the Senators get three very promising young players in Steel, Comtois and Terry and a 1st round pick.


At the 2019 draft, Ottawa Senators trade picks 24, 29, 32 to the Florida Panthers for pick 13.

Changes in 2019 draft:

3-Kirby Dach

13-Spencer Knight

In Free Agency, the Ottawa Senators sign Robin Lehner to a 2 yr deal worth 5 million per season.


The Ottawa Senators finish the 2019-20 season with a much better record and end up with the 6th pick in the draft.

At the 2020 draft Ottawa Senators trade picks 46, 52 to the Montreal Canadiens for pick 40.


2020 Draft results:

6-Marco Rossi

22-(from NYI)-Mavrik Bourque

32-Yan Kuznetsov

40-William Villeneuve

53-Kasper Simontaival


Before the 2020-21 season, the Ottawa Senators make a few trades:

Ottawa Senators trade Elias Lindholm, Brandon Montour to the Calgary Flames for Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington, 1st round pick 2021.

This blockbuster trade sees the Calgary Flames getting an elite player in Elias Lindholm and a top 4 defenseman in Brandon Montour, while the Ottawa Senators get a very underrated top 4 defenseman in Rasmus Andersson, a young defenseman in Oliver Kylington and a 1st round pick.

Eeli Tolvanen, Anthony Duclair are traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Adam Larsson, 2nd round pick 2021. If the Oilers make it to the second round of the playoffs, the Second round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

This mega trade sees the Edmonton Oilers land a pair of wingers to help out McDavid and Draisaitl, while the Ottawa Senators get a solid top 4 defenseman in Adam Larsson and a conditional 2nd round pick.

Colin White is traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Morgan Frost, Robert Hagg, 2nd round pick 2021.

The Flyers get a very good 3rd line center in Colin White, which makes them very tough to go up against, while the Senators get Morgan Frost, a promising young forward, Robert Hagg, a physical young defenseman and a 2nd round pick.


By the 2020-21 season, the Ottawa Senators have build a young but very good team that could make a push to being a contending team.

2020-21 Ottawa Senators

A.Texier-K.Dach-A.Svechnikov

J.Veleno-JT.Miller-K.Fiala

M.Comtois-M.Necas-D.Batherson

C.Jarnkrok-S.Steel-T.Terry

T.Chabot-R.Andersson

Q.Hughes-A.Larsson

O.Kylington-R.Hagg

R.Lehner

J.Oettinger

Top Prospects:

F: M.Rossi, M.Bourque, A.Thomas, R.Hagg, K.Simontaival

D: Y.Kuznetsov, W.Villeneuve

G: S.Knight

The Ottawa Senators look like like a dynasty in the making and would be set to be a contending team for at least the next 5 years.


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

REDRAFTING LA KINGS FOR A DECADE (2002-2012)


 The Los Angeles Kings had some miserable drafts from in the 2000s and because of that they missed out on building a potential dynasty. If the LA Kings were redrafted for a decade, they could have potentially won more than 2 stanley cups.

2002:

18-Cam Ward over Denis Grebeshkov

50-Johnny Boychuk over Sergei Anshakov

66-Frans Nielsen over Petr Kanko

152-James Wisniewski over Gregory Hogeboom

The LA Kings draft a franchise goalie in Cam Ward, two solid defenseman in Johnny Boychuk and James Wisniewski and a good two way center in Frans Nielsen.

2003:

13-Zach Parise over Dustin Brown

26-Corey Perry over Brian Boyle

27-Patrice Bergeron over Jeff Tambellini

44-Shea Weber over Konstantin Pushkaryov

LA Kings strike gold this time around, drafting 4 future all stars which include a perennial selke Candidate in Patrice Bergeron, a Norris candidate in Shea Weber, a future MVP in Corey Perry and a clutch goal scorer in Zach Parise.

2004:

11-Travis Zajac over Lauri Tukonen

94-Johan Franzen over Paul Baier

110-Ryan Callahan over Ned Lukacevic

205-Troy Brouwer over Mike Curry

The LA Kings get some valuable role players with the additions of Ryan Callahan, Johan Franzen and Troy Brouwer. Travis Zajac will a good 2nd line center for the Kings and will fit great along with Zach Parise.

2005:

11-Anze Kopitar

60-Kris Russell over TJ Fast

72-Jonathan Quick

206-Anton Stralman over Josh Myers

The Kings will still draft Kopitar and Quick but will also draft two solid defensive defenseman in Kris Russell and Anton Stralman.

2006:

11-Claude Giroux over Jonathan Bernier

17-Nick Foligno over Trevor Lewis

48-Artem Anisimov over Joey Ryan

144-Alex Biega over Martin Nolet

The Kings add a star forward in Claude Giroux and two very good top 6 forwards in Foligno and Anisimov. Alex Biega will likely be a depth defenseman but that was the best option at that point in the draft.

2007:

4-Logan Couture over Thomas Hickey

61-Wayne Simmonds

95-Alec Martinez

137-Jake Muzzin over Joshua Turnbull

The LA Kings still draft Wayne Simmonds and Alec Martinez because they are important to being a contending team. Logan Couture will likely be the 2nd line center behind Anze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin, who will likely be a top 4 defenseman.

2008:

2-Drew Doughty

13-Erik Karlsson over Colten Teubert

32-Roman Josi over Slava Voyonov

123-Mark Borowiecki over Andrei Loktionov

The LA Kings add 3 superstar defenseman in this draft in Doughty, Karlsson and Josi, which will allow them to trade Shea Weber. Mark Borowiecki is a physical defenseman that could be a solid 3rd pair defenseman.

2009:

5-Brayden Schenn

35-Jakob Silfverberg over Kyle Clifford

84-Casey Cizikas over Nic Deslauriers

95-Sami Vatanen over Jean Francois Berube

The Kings add two top 6 forwards in Brayden Schenn and Jakob Silfverberg and a very valuable 4th line player in Casey Cizikas. Sami Vatanen is a potential top 4 defenseman that can play both Left and Right D.

2010:

15-Vladimir Tarasenko over Derek Forbort

47-Tyler Toffoli

70-Zach Hyman over Jordan Weal

148-Jesper Fast over Kevin Gravel

The Kings add more star power to the lineup with the selection of Vladimir Tarasenko. The additions of Tyler Toffoli, Zach Hyman and Jesper Fast add more depth on the wings.

The LA Kings aren't in need of Mike Richards, so they don't make the trade for him, which means they will keep Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds. Also, since the Kings already are have enough center depth, they don't trade for Jeff Carter.

2011:

49-William Karlsson over Christopher Gibson

80-Johnny Gaudreau over Andy Andreoff

82-JG Pageau over Nick Shore

140-Ondrej Palat over Joel Lowry

The LA Kings add a star left winger in Johnny Gaudreau and 3 very solid forward in William Karlsson, JG Pageau and Ondrej Palat.

2012:

30-Tanner Pearson

121-Connor Helleuyck over Nikolai Prokhorkin

151-Colin Miller 

181-Nikita Gusev over Paul LaDue

LA add a star goalie in Connor Hellebuyck and two very talented wingers in Tanner Pearson and Nikita Gusev.

Colin Miller is a useful depth defenseman as well but is mostly going to be trade bait because of how deep the D core is.

The LA Kings allow Zach Parise to leave in free agency, because the Kings just can't afford to keep him.

In the 2012 offseason, the LA Kings must make some trades due to salary cap reasons:

LA Kings trade Shea Weber, Travis Zajac, Jakob Silfverberg to the Edmonton Oilers for Taylor Hall, Jeff Petry, 2nd round pick 2013 (Tyler Bertuzzi), 1st round pick 2014 (Dylan Larkin).

In this Mega Blockbuster trade, the Oilers get Shea Weber, a stud defenseman, something they desperately need and Travis Zajac, a very solid two way center. The Oilers will also get Jakob Silfverberg, a good two way player, who is a capable goal scorer. On the flip side, the LA Kings get Taylor Hall, a star caliber player, Jeff Petry, an under the radar stud offensive defenseman as well as two 1st round picks.

LA also trades Cam Ward, Kris Russell, Johan Franzen to the Minnesota Wild for Darcy Kuemper, 2nd round pick 2013 (Brett Pesce), 1st round pick 2014 (Alex Tuch).

The Wild get a starting very good starting goalie in Cam Ward that will take the pressure of Niklas Backstrom and two very solid role players in Franzen and Nielsen. On the flip side, the Kings get Darcy Kuemper, a good backup that has starter potential and 2 future draft picks.

Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Callahan are traded to the Ottawa Senators for Mika Zibanejad, Mike Hoffman, 1st round pick 2013 (Shea Theodore).

In this mega deal, the Ottawa Senators get one of the best centers in the league in Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, a solid two way defenseman and Ryan Callahan. On the flip side, the LA Kings get Mika Zibanejad, a promising young center with star potential, a lethal goal scorer in Mike Hoffman and a 1st round pick.

Corey Perry, James Wisniewski are traded to the Dallas Stars for Reilly Smith, Brenden Dillon, 1st round pick 2013 (Josh Morrissey), 1st round pick 2015 (Brock Boeser).

In this blockbuster trade, the Dallas Stars get Corey Perry, a former MVP and one of the league's best power forwards and James Wisniewski, a solid top 6 defenseman. The LA Kings get Reilly Smith, a gritty top 6 winger, Brenden Dillon a top 6 defenseman and 2 first round picks.

Artem Anisimov, Alec Martinez, Nick Foligno are traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jonathan Marchessault, Derick Brassard, 2nd round pick 2014 (Brandon Montour).

The Columbus Blue jackets get two terrific two way forwards in Foligno and Anisimov and a very valuable two way defenseman in Alec Martinez. On the flip side, the Blue Jackets get Jonathan Marchessault to pair with Karlsson and Reilly Smith and Derick Brassard, very good clutch time performer.

Frans Nielsen, Troy Brouwer, Nikita Gusev, Colin Miller are traded the Colorado Avalanche for for Jamie McGinn, 2nd round pick 2015 (Roope Hintz)

The Colorado Avalanche get Frans Nielsen, a good two way center, Troy Brouwer, a valuable role player with playoff experience and Colin Miller, a top 6 defenseman. Avs will also get Nikita Gusev, who is a really Talented Russian Winger, but due to the talent in the system, he would never crack the Kings lineup. On the flip side, the LA Kings get two 2nd round picks.

By the 2012-13 season the LA Kings have build a deadly young team:

2012-13 LA Kings

T.Hall-A.Kopitar-V.Tarasenko

C.Giroux-L.Couture-W.Simmonds

B.Schenn-M.Zibanejad-D.Brassard

J.McGinn-C.Cizikas-R.Smith

R.Josi-D.Doughty

J.Muzzin-E.Karlsson

B.Dillon-J.Petry

J.Quick

D.Kuemper

Top Prospects

F: J.Gaudreau, M.Hoffman, T.Toffoli, J.Marchessault, W.Karlsson, R.Hintz, T.Pearson, JG Pageau, A.Tuch, Z.Hyman, J.Fast

D: S.Theodore, J.Morrissey, S.Vatanen, B.Pesce, B.Montour

G: C.Hellebuyck

With the team the LA Kings have draft, they would not only be in position to contend in the coming season but for many more years to come.


Monday, August 10, 2020

PROSPECT PROFILES: MAVRIK BOURQUE

 Mavrik Bourque
Shawinigan Cataractes
QMJHL
C
5'10"/165 


Size/Strength       Below Average

Skating       Average

Shot/Scoring       Excellent

Puckhandling          Good

Physical Play       Good

Offensive Play Excellent

Defensive Play       Average

Hockey Sense       Excellent

Competitiveness       Excellent


Strengths

1. Possesses high end skill with tremendous Hockey IQ

2. Tremendous playmaker with great hands, vision and passing ability and also has a quick and accurate shot as well

3. Can raise his level of play in big games and big moments

Cause for Concern

1. Doesn't have elite speed

2. Needs to add more strength 

3. Defensive consistency

Skill:

Highly skilled playmaker that excels as a point producing forward and has tremendous hockey IQ.

Scouting Report:

Mavrik Bourque has been Shawinigan's go to scorer since he entered the QMJHL as he was a 16 year old. Bourque is an exceptional playmaker that has fantastic vision, great hands and very high hockey IQ. Bourque is very creative player that can beat defenders 1 on 1 or make a quick no look pass to a teammate. He might be considered an undersized player, but he plays bigger than he is and is very tough to knock off the puck If Bourque is to become the player that Brayden Point is, he will have to work on both his faceoffs and defensive consistency. It is really tough to predict where Mavrik Bourque will end up but i think he will end up getting picked between the 18th and 25th pick.

NHL Potential: 

Top 6 forward, that is versatile and can play center and wing

Style Comparison: Brayden Point

Stats: 

Shawinigan Cataractes     QMJHL       65 GP       25 G       54 Pts    

Shawinigan Cataractes     QMJHL       49 GP       29 G       71 Pts


Sunday, August 9, 2020

REBUILDING 2016-17 DETROIT RED WINGS

The 2016-17 Detroit Red Wings missed the Playoffs for the first time in 25 years but they should have started to rebuild then because it was already the beginning of the end.

If the Red Wings had started to rebuild in 2016 perhaps they would have already become a playoff team by now instead of being the worst team in the league.

The Rebuild will start at the 2016 draft, where the Red Wings make two major trades:

Detroit Red Wings trade Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm to the San Jose Sharks for Chris Tierney, Joonas Donskoi, 1st round pick 2017.

The San Jose Sharks get a Star player in Pavel Datsyuk to add to their already stacked roster, this would make them a serious contender to win a cup; on the flip side, the Red Wings get a 3rd line center in Chris Tierney, a top 9 winger in Joonas Donskoi and a 1st round pick.

Henrik Zetterberg, Gustav Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader are traded to Minnesota Wild for Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Marco Scandella, 1st round pick 2016.

This is a huge blockbuster trade give the Wild a star center in Henrik Zetterberg, a top 6 forward in Gustav Nyquist and a top 9 forward in Justin Abdelkader; on the flip side, the Red  Wings get two very solid top 6 players in Coyle and Niederreiter, Marco Scandella, a solid bottom pair defenseman and a 1st round pick.

Because of the Pavel Datsyuk trade made earlier, the Red Wings don't make the draft day trade with the Arizona Coyotes.

Changes in 2016 Draft:

15-(from MIN) Luke Kunin

16-Jakob Chychrun

46-Carter Hart over Givani Smith

53-Adam Fox over Filip Hronek

137-Jesper Bratt over Jordan Sambrook

Because the Red Wings added Charlie Coyle and Chris Tierney, they don't need to sign Frans Nielsen in Free Agency.

The Red Wings buyout Jonathan Ericsson in the offseason because they added Marco Scandella and he wasn't going to play over Kronwall and DeKeyser.

The Detroit Red Wings finish the 2016-17 season with a slightly better record, they have the 11th pick in the 2017 draft. 

Before the 2017 draft, three major trades are made:

Detroit Red Wings trade Niklas Kronwall, Thomas Vanek to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Vladislav Namestnikov, 2nd round pick 2017.

The Tampa Bay Lightning really needed a veteran defenseman with playoff experience and Niklas Kronwall provides that; Thomas Vanek will add some Depth scoring for Lightning as well and is a fairly cheap option. On the other side of the trade, the Red Wings get Vladislav Namestnikov, a very talented winger with top 6 potential and a 2nd round pick.

Then Tomas Tatar is dealt to the New York Islanders for Anthony Beauvillier, 1st round pick 2018.

The New York Islanders need to add another impact forward and Tatar is exactly that, he just wasn't used properly in Detroit. On the other hand, Detroit gets Anthony Beauvillier, a very skilled player, who has top 6 potential and a 1st round pick.

At the 2017 draft, the Detroit Red Wings trade down; they trade pick 11 to the Vegas Golden Knights for picks 13, 34. 

Changes in 2017 draft:

13-(from VGK) Nick Suzuki

19-(from SJ) Robert Thomas

34-(from VGK)-Jesper Boqvist

41-Alexandre Texier

48-(from TB)-Maxime Comtois


The Detroit Red Wings finish the 2017-18 season with a slightly better record and have the 7th pick in the 2018 draft.


Before the 2018 draft, the Detroit Red Wings made one trade:

Detroit Red Wings trade Dan DeKeyser, Petr Mrazek to the Ottawa Senators for 2nd round pick 2018, 2nd round pick 2019, 2nd round pick 2019.

The Red Wings trade Dan Dekeyser, a top 6 defenseman and Petr Mrazek, a potential starter for some draft picks.

Changes in 2018 Draft:

7-Quinn Hughes

14-(from NYI) Joel Farabee

33-Serron Noel over Jonatan Berggren

36-Alexander Romanov over Jared McIsaac

48-(from OTT) Akil Thomas over Jonathan Tychonick

68-Joey Keane over Alec Regula

160-Veini Vehvilainen over Victor Brattstrom

Detroit Red Wings don't re-sign Mike Green and don't sign Jonathan Bernier in Free Agency.

The Detroit Red Wings finish the 2018-19 season with a much better record and end up with the 14th pick in the draft.

At the 2019 draft, the Red Wings trade up, they trade picks 14, 32, 46, 54 to the Buffalo Sabres for pick 6. 

Changes in 2019 draft:

6-(from BUF) Moritz Seider

37-(from OTT) Nis Hoglander over Mads Soggard

Detroit Red Wings don't re-sign Jimmy Howard and will opt to sign another veteran backup in free agency.

Red Wings don't sign Patrik Nemeth in Free Agency because they still have Marco Scandella on the team.

The Red Wings can't afford to re-sign Joonas Donskoi, so he leaves in free agency.

In Free Agency, the Red Wings sign Cam Talbot to a 1 yr deal worth 2.75 million;

The Red Wings don't sign Valtteri Filppula in Free Agency.

Detroit Red Wings need to make a few trades due to salary cap reasons:

Detroit Red Wings trade Nino Niederreiter, Joey Keane to the Philadelphia Flyers for Philippe Myers, 2nd round pick 2020.

The Flyers get a top 6 forward in Niederreiter and a potential top 4 defenseman in Keane, while the Red Wings get Philippe Myers, a top 4 defenseman and a 2nd round pick.

They also trade Jesper Bratt, Andreas Athanasiou, Vladislav Namestnikov to the Montreal Canadiens for Joel Armia, 2nd round pick 2020, 3rd round pick 2020.

The Montreal Canadiens add more offensive depth to the lineup, while the Red Wings add Joel Armia and a couple of picks.

Chris Tierney, Trevor Daley are traded to the Florida Panthers for Noel Acciari, MacKenzie Weegar, 2nd round pick 2020. 

Florida Panthers get Chris Tierney, a 2nd line center and Trevor Daley, a veteran defenseman with playoff experience, while the Red Wings get Noel Acciari and Mackenzie Weegar to improve their overall depth.

By the 2019-20 season, the Detroit Red Wings have assembled a playoff caliber roster that has the potential to be a legit contender for years to come.

2019-20 Detroit Red Wings:

T.Bertuzzi-D.Larkin-A.Mantha

J.Farabee-N.Suzuki-L.Kunin

A.Beauvillier-C.Coyle-R.Thomas

A.Texier-N.Acciari-J.Armia

Q.Hughes-A.Fox

J.Chychrun-P.Myers

M.Scandella-M.Weegar

C.Hart

C.Talbot

Top Prospects:

F: M.Comtois, A.Thomas, N.Hoglander, J.Boqvist, S.Noel

D: M.Seider, A.Romanov

G: V.Vehvil√§inen 

The Detroit Red Wings would now be in position to contend for a stanley cup for at least the next 5 years.



Tuesday, August 4, 2020

REDRAFTING EDMONTON OILERS FOR A DECADE (2002-2012)



The Edmonton Oilers had a drafted horribly during the 2000s and into the early 2010s, which was a major reason for their struggles.
In this blog, i redraft the Edmonton Oilers from 2002 to 2012 and see just how much better the team would be if they drafted correctly.

2002:

15-Alex Steen over Jesse Niinimaki
31-Trevor Daley over Jeff Droun-Deslauriers
36-Jarret Stoll
54-Duncan Keith over Matt Greene

The Edmonton Oilers land a Stud defenseman in Duncan Keith and a really good top 4 defenseman in Trevor Daley;
Alex Steen will be a great Top 6 forward for the Oilers and Jarret Stoll could be a great 3rd line center.

2003:

22-Patrice Bergeron over Marc-Antoine Pouliot
51-Corey Crawford over Colin McDonald
184-Dustin Byfuglien over Dragan Umicevic
284-Jaroslav Halak over Josef Hrabal

The Oilers get a top line center in Patrice Bergeron, who will turn into one of the premier two way centers in the league;
they will also get Dustin Byfuglien, a player who has the potential to be a top pair defenseman and two solid goalies in Corey Crawford and Jaroslav Halak.

2004:

14-Alexander Radulov over Devan Dubnyk
25-Mike Green over Rob Schremp
44-David Krejci over Roman Teslyuk
112-Ryan Callahan over Liam Reddox

Edmonton drafts one of the most talented players in the draft in Alexander Radulov, however his NHL future is very uncertain;
The Oilers also drafted two other very good forwards in David Krejci and Ryan Callahan as well as a great offensive defenseman in Mike Green.

2005:

25-James Neal over Andrew Cogliano
36-Paul Stastny over Taylor Chorney
81-Ben Bishop over Danny Syvret
97-Niklas Hjalmarsson over Chris Vandevelde

The Edmonton Oilers hit a home run in the draft landing 3 very good players in Paul Stastny, James Neal, Niklas Hjalmarsson;
Ben Bishop will join Corey Crawford and Jaroslav Halak in the pipeline and its possible that he could be the best out of the three.

2006:

45-Jeff Petry
75-Matt Beleskey over Theo Peckham
133-Andrew MacDonald over Bryan Pitton
170-Mathieu Perreault over Alexander Bumagin

Edmonton Oilers add Jeff Petry and several nice role players that may be subject to trade bait.
This was not a great draft but they did the best with what this draft had to offer.

2007:

6-Logan Couture over Sam Gagner
15-Max Pacioretty over Alex Plante
21-Mikael Backlund over Riley Nash
127-Jake Muzzin over Milan Kytnar

This Oilers walk away from this draft with two future all stars in Logan Couture and Max Pacioretty,
as well as two very solid players in Mikael Backlund and Jake Muzzin.

2008:

22-Jordan Eberle
103-TJ Brodie over Jordon Southorn
133-Cam Atkinson over Philippe Cornet
162-Jason Demers over Teemu Hartikainen

The Oilers fared well in this draft adding two very good right wingers in Jordan Eberle and Cam Atkinson, which adds to the depth at that position;
Edmonton also added more depth on defense with the additions of TJ Brodie and Jason Demers.

2009:

10-Ryan Ellis over Magnus Paajarvi
40-Robin Lehner over Anton Lander
82-Casey Cizikas over Cameron Abney
99-Mattias Ekholm over Kyle Bigos

Edmonton Oilers really strengthen the defense with the additions of Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm;
Robin Lehner will be another goalie in the pipeline for when they have to trade Crawford and Halak.

2010:

1-Tyler Seguin
31-Tyler Toffoli over Tyler Pitlick
91-John Klingberg over Jeremie Blain
121-Mark Stone over Tyler Bunz

Edmonton Oilers add two star players in Tyler Seguin, Mark Stone and two very good players in Tyler Toffoli and John Klingberg.

2011:

1-Jonathan Huberdeau over Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
19-Rickard Rakell over Oscar Klefbom
31-Brandon Saad over David Musil
62-Jordan Binnington over Samu Perhonen

Edmonton improve their depth at the Wings adding Jonathan Huberdeau to be to the top line Left winger and both Saad and Rakell are flex wingers.
Jordan Binnington is another goaltending prospect for the future, which ensures that both Crawford and Halak will be traded.

2012:

1-Morgan Rielly over Nail Yakupov
32-Chris Tierney over Mitchell Moroz
63-Esa Lindell over Juhar Khaira
93-Andreas Athanasiou over Erik Gustafsson

The Oilers add a future all star defenseman in Morgan Reilly and another top 4 defenseman in Esa Lindell;
they also add some nice depth players in Chris Tierney and Andreas Athanasiou.

Mike Green, Jarret Stoll become free agents in the 2012 offseason

The Oilers need to make a few trades due to salary cap reasons:

Edmonton Oilers trade Paul Stastny, Alex Steen, Jeff Petry to St.Louis Blues for Jaden Schwartz, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Reaves, 2nd round pick 2013 (Tyler Bertuzzi).
The Oilers also trade Jaroslav Halak, TJ Brodie, Ryan Callahan to the Phoenix Coyotes for Mikkel Boedker, 2nd round pick 2014 (Christian Dvorak).
James Neal, Jason Demers are traded to the New York Islanders for Michael Graner, 1st round pick 2014 (Adrian Kempe).

By the 2012-13 season, the Edmonton Oilers have assembled a powerhouse of a team, which could have potential to be a dynasty.

This is how their lineup looks like:

J.Huberdeau-P.Bergeron-T.Seguin
M.Pacioretty-L.Couture-J.Eberle
J.Schwartz-M.Backlund-M.Boedker
M.Grabner-C.Cizikas-R.Reaves

D.Keith-N.Hjalmarsson
D.Byfuglien-T.Daley
A.MacDonald-K.Shattenkirk

C.Crawford
B.Bishop

Top Prospects:

F: Mark Stone, C.Atkinson, R.Rakell, B.Saad, T.Toffoli, C.Dvorak, Ty.Bertuzzi, C.Tierney, A.Kempe, A.Athanasiou
D: M.Rielly, R.Ellis, J.Klingberg, M.Ekholm, J.Muzzin, E.Lindell
G: R.Lehner, J.Binnington

The Edmonton Oilers are stacked and also loaded with high end talent in the pipeline to ensure that they will be contenders for a long time.


Monday, August 3, 2020

PROSPECT PROFILES: WILLIAM WALLINDER

William Wallinder
MODO Hockey
Allsvenskan
D
6'4"/192




















Size/Strength       Excellent
Skating       Excellent
Shot/Scoring       Good
Puckhandling          Good
Physical Play       Excellent
Offensive Play       Good
Defensive Play      Excellent
Hockey Sense       Excellent
Competitiveness       Excellent

Strengths

1. Great two way defender, with exceptional mobility and puck skills
2. Lots of upside, quick feet, quick outlets and not afraid to jump into the rush
3. Is reliable in his own zone and has shown flashes of offensive brilliance

Cause for Concern

1. Possesses the high end skills to be an elite player but is still a bit raw
2. Needs to show more offensive consistency if he is to be a top prospect

Skill:

A big two way defenseman that has unlimited offensive upside

Scouting Report:

William Wallinder is a heady two-way defender with top-pairing potential, Wallinder combines physical play with excellent mobility and solid puck skills.
He dominated the J20 Allsvenskan to earn a midseason promotion to the adult-age Allsvenskan, where he got better and better as the season progressed.
Wallinder is at his best in the defensive zone but showed an improving offensive game by joining the rush and getting the puck to the net.
Fascinating puck-mover with size and skating ability, think along the lines of an Roman Josi, whose value may not be truly appreciated until later in his career.
Because William Wallinder is so raw offensively, even though he has massive potential, he might go in the second round, just like Roman Josi.

NHL Potential: 

Top pair shutdown defenseman

Style Comparison: Roman Josi

Stats: 
MODO Hockey         Allsvenskan        12 GP       6 Pts   
MODO Hockey J18     J18 Elit           16 GP       12 Pts

MODO Hockey J20     Super Elit         37 GP       24 pts
MODO Hockey         Allsvenskan        18 GP        2 Pts 


REBUILDING 2015-16 VANCOUVER CANUCKS



The 2015-16 Vancouver Cancuks were an aging team that need to rebuild desperately in hopes of becoming a contending once again in the future.
With that in mind, my objective with this rebuild is to rebuild the Vancouver Canucks and turn them back into a contender in the shortest amount of time.

Before the 2016 draft, a few trades are made:

Vancouver Canucks trade Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin to the Ottawa Senators for Mika Zibanejad, Ryan Dzingel, 1st round pick 2016, 1st round pick 2017.
The Ottawa Senators get the Sedin twins to play on a line with Mark Stone, which makes them an instant contender in the Eastern Conference,
On the flip side, the Vancouver Canucks get Mika Zibanajed, a very talented young center, Ryan Dzingel, and two first round picks.

Ryan Miller is traded to the Calgary Flames for 2nd round pick 2016, 3rd round pick 2016.
The Calgary Flames really needed a proven veteran goalie, a Ryan Miller is exactly that,
on the flip side of the trade, the Canucks get a 2nd and 3rd round pick in the 2016 draft.

At the 2016 draft, the Vancouver Canucks make two trades:

Vancouver Canucks trade pick 5 to the Buffalo Sabres for picks 8, 33, 69.
Then the Canucks trade picks 54, 56, 69 to the Philadelphia Flyers for picks 48, 3rd round pick 2017.

2016 Draft results:

8-(from BUF)-Mikhail Sergachev
33-(from BUF)-Alex DeBrincat
48-(from PHI)-Carter Hart
66-(from CGY)-Adam Fox

The Vancouver Canucks don't sign Loui Eriksson because the Sedin's aren't there anymore, which was a big reason why he signed with Vancouver in the first place..

The Vancouver have a dreadful 2016-17 season and finish with the 2nd worst worst record in the league;
however, they fall out of the lottery and end up with the 5th pick in the draft.

Before the 2017 draft, one major trade is made:

Vancouver Canucks trade Alex Edler, Sven Baertschi to the New Jersey Devils for the Jesper Bratt, rights to Patrick Maroon, 1st round pick 2018.
The Devils get a top 4 defenseman in Alex Edler and a top 6 forward in Sven Baertschi, while the Canucks get Jesper Bratt, a top 6 forward and a 1st round pick.
The Canucks also acquired the rights to Patrick Maroon, whom they will try to re-sign.

At the 2017 draft, the Vancouver Canucks trade up:

Vancouver trades picks 33, 55, 80, 2nd round pick 2018 to the St.Louis Blues for pick 20

2017 Draft results:

5-Elias Pettersson
20-(from STL) Robert Thomas
64-Michael DiPietro
95-Drake Batherson

Patrick Maroon is re-signed to a 2 yr deal worth 2.75 million.

Vancouver Canucks sign Evgenii Dadonov to a 3 yr deal worth 4.5 million per season

The Vancouver Canucks don't sign Thomas Vanek, Sam Gagner in Free Agency.

The 2017-18 Vancouver Canucks have a slightly better record but they still end up as the 6th worst team in the league.

At the 2018 draft, Vancouver Canucks make two trades:

Vancouver trades pick 17 to the Detroit Red Wings for picks 30, 34, 36.
Then the Canucks trade picks 34, 36 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for pick 29, 52

2018 Draft results:

6-Quinn Hughes
29-(from TOR)-Rasmus Sandin
30-(from DET)-Joe Veleno
52-(from DET)-Benoit Olivier Groulx

Vancouver Canucks sign Michael Grabner to a 3 yr deal worth 3 million per season

Vancouver Canucks don't sign Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel, Michael Ferland in Free Agency because they don't fit in with the type of team the Canucks are trying to assemble.

With a core of talented young players, the Vancouver Canucks have a solid 2018-19 season but they still miss the playoffs;
the Canucks have the 12th pick in the draft.


Before the 2019 draft, one trade is made:

Vancouver Canucks trade Ben Hutton, Ryan Dzingel, Markus Granlund to the Detroit Red Wings for Tiro Hirose, Nick Jensen, 2nd round pick 2018.
This is a minor trade but an important one that improves the depth for the Canucks.

At the 2019 draft, the Vancouver Canucks trade picks 35, 42 to the Washington Capitals for pick 25

2019 Draft results:

12-Matthew Boldy
25-Connor McMichael

In Free Agency, the Vancouver Canucks sign Brandon Tanev, Valtteri Filppula

Vancouver Canucks don't sign Tyler Myers because he is not worth his contract

Before the 2019-20 season, Vancouver Canucks trade Jesper Bratt, 2nd round pick 2020 to the LA Kings for Tyler Toffoli.

By the 2019-20 season, the Vancouver Canucks have assembled a great young team that could be a playoff team.

Here is there lineup:

E.Dadonov-M.Zibanejad-B.Boeser
T.Pearson-E.Pettersson-T.Toffoli
A.DeBrincat-B.Horvat-R.Thomas
B.Tanev-V.Filppula-J.Virtanen

M.Sergachev-A.Fox
Q.Hughes-C.Tanev
N.Jensen-T.Stetcher

C.Hart
J.Markstrom

Prospects:

F: M.Boldy, J.Veleno, C.McMichael, D.Batherson, B.Olivier Groulx
D: R.Sandin
G: T.Demko, M.DiPietro

With this lineup, the Vancouver Canucks could be a legit contender for the Stanley cup for the next 3-5 years.