Monday, November 23, 2020

What If Florida Panthers Drafted Correctly in the Last 5 Years

 The Florida Panthers have showed over the last decade why they are a losing organization but their draft success in last 5 years is especially bad. If the Florida Panthers drafted correctly in the last 5 years, they would have been a contender by now.

2015 

11-Matt Barzal over Lawson Crouse

102-Ethan Bear over Denis Malgin

132-Kirill Kaprizov over Karch Bachman

Matt Barzal and Kirill Kaprizov will some much needed secondary scoring to the team and Ethan Bear can be a solid top 4 defenseman.


2016

23-Tage Thompson over Henrik Borgstrom

38-Sam Girard over Adam Mascherin

Sam Girard is a solid young top 4 defenseman, while Tage Thompson can grew to be a good power forward


2017

10-Robert Thomas over Owen Tippett

Robert Thomas is much better then Owen Tippett at this point in their careers.


2018

No Change in draft picks


2019

52-Nic Robertson over Vladislav Kolyachonok

The Panthers still draft Spencer Knight but draft Nic Robertson over Vladislav Kolyachonok, which is a major upgrade.


2020

No Change in draft picks 


Due to the Changes in draft picks, the Panthers have to make several trades:


Florida Panthers trade Aaron Ekblad to the Anaheim Ducks for Sam Steel, Maxime Comtois, Josh Manson and a 1st rd pick '21.

The Panthers add Steel and Comtois, two great young players and Josh Manson as well as a 1st round pick picks for Aaron Ekblad.

The Panthers also trade Keith Yandle to the Calgary Flames for Noah Hanifin, 1st rd pick '21.

The Panthers trade Keith Yandle for Noah Hanifin, a defenseman who is entering his prime and a 1st rd pick.

Ryan Merkley is acquired from the San Jose Sharks for Radko Gudas, Tage Thompson, Grigori Denisenko, 1st rd pick '21.

The Panthers get a very talented defenseman in Ryan Merkley, which really bolter the young defense.

In a separate trade, Noel Acciari is dealt to the San Jose Sharks for a 6th rd pick '21.

This is a cap dump on the part of the Panthers.

Florida Panthers dump Brett Connolly, Frank Vatrano to the Boston Bruins for Anders Bjork, 3rd rd pick '21.

The Panthers unload Connolly and Vatrano to the Senators and gain a valuable depth player in Bjork and a draft pick at the same time.

Lastly, the Panthers send Anton Stralman, Owen Tippett and Vladislav Kolyachonok to Ottawa Senators for Connor Brown, 3rd rd pick '22.

The Panthers dump the Anton Stralman contract along with two prospects to the Senators for Connor Brown, a top 9 forward and a 3rd round pick.


This is how the lineup would look like by the 2020-21 season:


2020-21 Florida Panthers

J.Huberdeau-A.Barkov-R.Thomas

K.Kaprizov-M.Barzal-P.Hornqvist

M.Comtois-S.Steel-Co.Brown

A.Bjork-A.Wennberg-V.Hinostroza

S.Girard-J.Manson

N.Hanifin-E.Bear

M.Weegar-R.Merkley

S.Bobrovsky

C.Driedger

Spares: M.Nutivaara, R.Stillman, C.Verhaeghe, R.Lomberg,

Top Prospects: A.Lundell, N.Robertson, S.Knight


If the Florida Panthers had drafted correctly the last 5 years, they would have be poised to be contenders this upcoming season. 

Monday, November 16, 2020

What if Dallas Stars trade Tyler Seguin

 The Dallas Stars had a really good playoff run last season and made it to the Stanley cup finals without Jamie Benn or Tyler Seguin doing that much. If the Stars want to remain a playoff team, they might have trade one of the two because it is clear that they aren't as effective as a duo anymore.


Jamie Benn is the Captain of the Dallas Stars and still has plenty of value even if he isn't scoring; Tyler Seguin on the other hand is purely a goal scorer and doesn't do much anything else, so it would make sense to trade Tyler Seguin.

Dallas Stars trade Tyler Seguin to the Carolina Hurricanes for Vincent Trocheck, Martin Necas, Nino Niederreiter, 1st round pick 2021.

The Hurricanes get Tyler Seguin, a very good scorer, while the Stars get Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter, two top 6 forwards along with Martin Necas, a talented young forward and a 1st round pick.

Dallas also trades Alex Radulov to the New Jersey Devils for Pavel Zacha, Jesper Boqvist, 2nd rd pick 2021. 

The Devils get a savvy veteran winger in Alex Radulov, while the Stars get two talented young players, Alex Radulov and Jesper Boqvist plus a 2nd round pick.


The Dallas Stars narrowly miss the playoffs and finishing with the 15th worst record in the league.


The Dallas Stars lose Jamie Oleksiak in the expansion draft to the Seattle Kraken.


At the 2021 draft, Dallas Stars trade picks 24, 2nd rd pick 2022 to the New York Rangers for pick 19

Dallas also trades picks 47, 50, 56 to the Ottawa Senators for pick 32


2021 Draft

15-Matthew Beniers

19-Fabian Lysell

32-James Malatesta

The Stars draft three top end prospects that will be a big part of their core in the future.


After the draft, two major trades are made:

Dallas Stars trade John Klingberg to the New York Rangers for Braden Schneider, Vitaly Kravtsov, 1st rd pick 2022.

The Rangers get John Klingberg, a great puck moving defenseman, while the Stars add two great prospects in Braden Schneider and Evgeny Kravtsov plus a 1st round pick.

Ben Bishop is traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Casey Mittelstadt, Tage Thompson, 2nd round pick 2022.

The Sabres get Ben Bishop, a former Vezina trophy winner, while the Stars get Mittelstadt and Thompson, two solid young players and a 2nd round pick.


Dallas Stars re-sign Miro Heiskanen to a 8 yr deal worth 7.5 million per season.

Joel Kiviranta is re-signed to a 3 yr deals worth 2.5 million per season.


Dallas Stars sign Brandon Montour to a 2 yr deal worth 4 million per season.


The Dallas Stars finish the 2021-22 season with the 9th worst record in the league but end up with the 11th pick in the draft.


At the 2022 Draft, Dallas Stars trade picks 11, 22, 2nd round pick 2023 to the New Jersey Devils for pick 5.


2022 Draft

5-Rutger McGroarty

The Stars draft Rutger McGroarty, talented center, who should be their number 1 center for years to come.


Dallas Stars re-sign Denis Gurianov to a 5 yr deal worth 4.5 million per season.

Martin Necas is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 3.6 million per season, Ty Dellandrea to a 3 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season.

Jake Oettinger is re-signed to a 2 yr deal worth 2.75 million per season, Jesper Boqvist to a 2 yr deal worth 1.2 million per season.

Dallas Stars sign Michal Kempny to a 3 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season.


The Dallas Stars finish the 2022-23 season with a much better record but still miss the playoffs.


After the season, Dallas Stars trade Vitaly Kravtsov, 1st rd pick 2023 to the Calgary Flames for Elias Lindholm.

The Stars get Elias Lindholm, a talented forward that can rack up points for Vitaly Kravtsov and a 1st round pick.


Dallas Stars re-sign Thomas Harley to a 7 yr deal worth 4.25 million per season, Ty Dellandrea to a 3 yr deal worth 3.75 million per season.

Anton Khudobin is re-signed to a 2 yr deal worth 2.75 million per season.


By the 2023-24 season, the Dallas Stars have assembled a deadly team that could contend for a Stanley cup.


2023-24 Dallas Stars

Ja.Benn-M.Beniers-E.Lindholm

D.Gurianov-R.McGroarty-M.Necas

J.Malatesta-T.Dellandrea-F.Lysell

J.Kiviranta-R.Faksa-T.Thompson

E.Lindell-M.Heiskanen

T.Harley-B.Schneider

M.Kempny-B.Montour

J.Oettinger

A.Khudobin


The Dallas Stars are now a Stanley cup caliber team and have potential to win multiple stanley cups in the next few years.


Monday, November 9, 2020

What if Calgary Flames trade Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan

 The Calgary Flames are a borderline playoff team right now but if they don't make any changes to their core they won't be making it far in the playoffs.

Two core players that have been brought up the most in trade talks are Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.


Trading Gaudreau and Monahan would allow the Calgary Flames to begin a new chapter and hopefully have more playoffs success in the long run.

Calgary Flames trade Johnny Gaudreau to the New Jersey Devils for Nikita Gusev, Michael McLeod, Jesper Bratt, Jesper Boqvist, 1st round pick '22.

The New Jersey Devils get Johnny Gaudreau, a dynamic playmaking winger, who will be a tremendous fit on a line with Hischier and Palmieri. Calgary Flames also get a top 6 forward in Nikita Gusev and a top 9 forward in Jesper Bratt, as well as two very good prospects in McLeod and Boqvist. The Flames will also the the Devils first round pick in 2022.


Calgary Flames also trade Sean Monahan to the Ottawa Senators for Josh Norris, Drake Batherson, Erik Brannstrom, 2nd round pick 2021. If Monahan puts up 60+ points, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

The Senators get a tremendous first line center in Sean Monahan, who just will be a tremendous fit on the up and coming Ottawa Senators. Calgary also gets three very good prospects in Norris, Batherson and Brannstrom and a 2nd round pick that could become a 1st round pick.


Jesper Bratt is re-signed to a 2 yr deal worth 3 million per season.


The Calgary Flames finish the 2020-21 season with the 5th worst record in the league but they get lucky and jump up to the 3rd pick in the draft.


The Calgary Flames buyout Milan Lucic, which costs them 583k per season until 2025. 


Calgary Flames lose Jesper Bratt in the Expansion draft to the Seattle Kraken.


Before the 2021 draft, the Flames make two major trades:

Calgary Flames trade Mark Giordano, David Rittich to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Brian Dumoulin, 1st round pick 2022.

The Penguins get a terrific defenseman in Mark Giordano and a solid 1B in David Rittich to tandem with Tristian Jarry. On the flip side, Calgary gets Brian Dumoulin, a top 4 defenseman and a 1st round pick.

The Flames acquire Juuse Saros from the Nashville Predators for 2nd round pick 2022. 

The Flames get their 1B to pair with Jacob Markstrom, while the Predators get to hand the reigns over to Connor Ingram in goal.


2021 Draft

3-Brandt Clarke

12 (from OTT)-Zachary Bolduc

41-Cole Huckins

The Flames get two blue chip prospects in Brandt Clarke and Zachary Bolduc and a very solid center prospect in Cole Huckins.



Calgary Flames re-sign Drake Batherson to a 3 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season, Juuse Saros is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season.

Juuso Valimaki, Dillon Dube, Dominik Simon are re-signed to 2 yr deals; Sam Bennett is re-signed to a 3 yr deal.


The Calgary Flames finish the 2021-22 season with the 4th worst record but end up with the 6th pick in the draft.


2022 draft

6-Ivan Miroshnichenko

10 (from NJ)-Jack Devine

18 (from PIT)-Simon Forsmark

The Flames draft 3 top notch prospects in Ivan Miroshnichenko, Jack Devine and Simon Forsmark; all three players should be a key part of their core in the future.


Calgary Flames re-sign Matthew Tkachuk to a 8 yr deal worth 7 million per season.

Erik Brannstrom, Josh Norris are re-signed to 3 yr deals worth 3.25 million per season.


The Calgary Flames finish the 2022-23 season with the 10th worst record in the league but one team jumps them in the lottery and the drop to the 11th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, two big trades are made:

Calgary Flames trade Noah Hanifin to the New York Ranges for Ryan Lindgren, Filip Chytil, 2nd round pick 2023.

The Flames get Ryan Lindgren, a physical top 6 defenseman and Filip Chytil, a top 9 forward and a 2nd round pick, while the Rangers get Noah Hanifin, a very solid top 4 defenseman to stabilize their defense.

Mikael Backlund is traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Isac Lundstrom, Max Jones, Troy Terry, 2nd round pick 2023.

The Ducks get Mikael Backlund, a solid 2nd line center, while the Flames get Lundstrom, Jones and Terry, three solid role players and a 2nd round pick.


2023 Draft

11-Ondrej Molnar

The Flames get a very talented winger in Ondrej Molnar, that only adds to their overwhelming prospect pool.


Calgary Flames re-signed Juuso Valimaki, Dillon Dube to 4 yrs worth 4 million per season.

Ryan Lindgren, Filip Chytil is re-signed to 4 yr deals worth 3.25 million per season.

Max Jones, Troy Terry, Isac Lundstrom are re-signed to 3 yr deals.


By the 2023-24 season, the Calgary Flames have put together a very good team and could become legit contenders.


2023-24 Calgary Flames

I.Miroshnichenko-Z.Bolduc-E.Lindholm

M.Tkachuk-J.Norris-J.Devine

F.Chytil-D.Dube-D.Batherson

M.Jones-I.Lundstrom-T.Terry

S.Forsmark-B.Clarke

J.Valimaki-C.Tanev

R.Lindgren-E.Brannstrom

J.Markstrom

J.Saros


Top Prospects: Cole Huckins, Ondrej Molnar


By trade Gaudreau and Monahan, the Calgary Flames now have a team that is built to thrive in the playoffs.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

What if Chicago Blackhawks trade Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane

 The Chicago Blackhawks seem to be headed towards a full fledge rebuild but if they have Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on the team, it may affect their chances of getting a top pick in the draft.

The best thing Chicago can do is trade Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews so they can play for another Stanley cup and so the Blackhawks can full on tank.



Chicago Blackhawks make two major trades involving their core players:

Patrick Kane is traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, Casey Mittelstadt, 1st round pick 2022.

The Buffalo Sabres get Patrick Kane, a superstar that can help bring the franchise to new heights, while the Chicago Blackhawks get Sam Reinhart, a top 6 forward, Rasmus Ristolainen, a top 4 defenseman, a top prospect in Casey Mittelstadt and a 1st round pick.

The Blackhawks also trade Jonathan Toews to the New York Islanders for Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, 1st round pick 2021.

The New York Islanders get Jonathan Toews, one of the best leaders in the NHL, which makes the Islanders a legit contender, on the flip side, the Blackhawks get two very good players in Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey and a 1st round pick.


Chicago Blackhawks re-sign Dylan Strome to a 3 yr deal worth 3.8 million per season, Casey Mittelstadt to a 2 yr deal.


Chicago Blackhawks sign Ben Hutton to a 1 yr deal worth 2 million per season.


Without Kane and Toews, the Chicago Blackhawks finish the 2020-21 season with the 3rd worst record in the league but slide to the 5th pick in the draft.


Chicago Blackhawks lose Connor Murphy to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


Chicago Blackhawks buyout Brent Seabrook, which costs them 833k per season until 2027.


Before the 2021 draft, Chicago Blackhawks make two trades:

Chicago Blackhawks trade Duncan Keith to the New Jersey Devils for 3rd round pick '21.

New Jersey Devils get a savvy Veteran Defenseman that can help mentor the Devils young defenseman, while the Blackhawks get to move his salary and get a 3rd round pick which is pretty good value for a 38 year old defenseman.

Chicago Blackhawks trade Josh Bailey, Rasmus Ristolainen to the New York Rangers for Vitali Kravtsov, 1st round pick 2021.

The Rangers get Josh Bailey, a top 6 forward and a top 4 defenseman in Rasmus Ristolainen, while the Blackhawks get Vitaly Kravtsov, a very talented prospect lost in the shuffle with the Rangers and a 1st round pick.


At the 2021 draft, Chicago Blackhawks trade pick 21, 70 to the Vegas Golden Knights for picks 29, 35


2021 draft results

5-Mason McTavish

18 (from NYI)-Artem Grushnikov

29 (from VGK)-Luke Hughes

36-Aidan Hreshchuk

37 (from VGK)-Isak Rosen

The Blackhawks draft three really good defenseman in Artem Grushnikov, Luke Hughes and Aiden Hreshchuk; They also get a very talented center in Mason McTavish and a skilled sniper in Isak Rosen.


Chicago Blackhawks re-sign Sam Reinhart to a 4 yr deal worth 5.8 million per season.

Nikita Zadorov, David Kampf, Lucas Wallmark and Alex Nylander are re-signed to 2 yr deals.


Chicago Blackhawks sign Petr Mrazek to a 3 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season, Scott Laughton to a 3 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season.


The Chicago Blackhawks finish the 2021-22 with the 6th worst record in the league but slide to the 9th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, Chicago Blackhawks make two major trades:

Chicago Blackhawks trade Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat to the Nashville Predators for Filip Forsberg, Yakov Trenin, 2nd rd pick '22. 

The Blackhawks get a star forward in Filip Forsberg, Yakov Trenin and a 2nd round, while the Predators get two very good forwards in Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome.

Chicago Blackhawks acquire Spencer Knight from Florida Panthers for Brock Nelson, 2nd round pick '23. If Spencer Knight starts more than 25 wins in the 2022-23 season, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

The Blackhawks get their future franchise goalie in Spencer Knight, while the Panthers get Brock Nelson and a 2nd round pick.


2022 draft results:

4-Rutger McGroarty

9-Simon Nemec

Chicago Blackhawks draft two blue chip prospects: Rutger McGroarty and Simon Nemec.


After the draft, one major trade is made:

Chicago Blackhawks trade Alex Nylander, Nikita Zadorov, 1st round pick 2023 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rasmus Sandin.

The Blackhawks get Rasmus Sandin, a very good young puck moving defenseman, while the Maple Leafs get Alex Nylander, Nikita Zadorov and a 1st round pick.


Chicago Blackhawks re-sign Filip Forsberg to a 8 yr deal worth 7 million per season, Kirby Dach to a 8 yr deal worth 6.5 million per season.

The Blackhawks also re-sign Dominik Kubalik to a 6 yr deal worth 5.2 million per season, Adam Boqvist to a 7 yr deal worth 5.2 million per season;

Vitaly Kravtsov is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season, Rasmus Sandin is 4 yr deal worth 4.25 million per season.


Chicago Blackhawks sign Bryan Rust to a 4 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season.


The Chicago Blackhawks just make the playoffs in the 2022-23 season but are knocked out in the 1st round by the Colorado Avalanche.


Chicago Blackhawks re-sign Ian Mitchell to a 3 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season.


By the 2023-24 season, the Chicago Blackhawks have built an outstanding team.


2023-24 Chicago Blackhawks

D.Kubalik-K.Dach-S.Reinhart

F.Forsberg-R.McGroarty-V.Kravtsov

I.Rosen-M.McTavish-B.Rust

S.Laughton-D.Kampf-Y.Trenin

A.Grushnikov-A.Boqvist

L.Hughes-S.Nemec

R.Sandin-I.Mitchell

S.Knight

P.Mrazek

Top Prospects: A.Hreschuck 


The Chicago Blackhawks look like a very good team and look poised to be contenders for many more years to come.