Tuesday, January 26, 2021

How Buffalo Sabres can become a Dynasty

 The Buffalo Sabres have the pieces in place to be the next dynasty in the NHL if they make the right trades and draft correctly in the next two years. While the process may take some time, it is not out of the possibility that the Sabres could become the NHL's next dynasty.


At the trade deadline, the Buffalo Sabres make a huge trade:

Buffalo Sabres trade Taylor Hall to the Winnipeg Jets for Nikolaj Ehlers, a conditional 2022 1st round pick. If Taylor Hall re-signs with the Winnipeg Jets, the Sabres get the Jets 2022 1st round pick.

This is a straight one-for-one swap of Hall for Ehlers; the Sabres get a 1st round pick if Hall re-signs with the Winnipeg Jets. 


Buffalo Sabres miss the playoffs in the 2020-21 season and end up with the 10th pick in the draft. 


The Buffalo Sabres lose Cody Eakin in the Expansion draft to the Seattle Kraken.


Buffalo Sabres buyout Kyle Okposo; the buyout will cost them 1 million per season until 2025.


Before the 2021 draft, the Buffalo Sabres make two huge trade:

The Buffalo Sabres trade Eric Staal, Colin Miller, a 2021 2nd round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes for Jake Gardiner, a 2021 3rd round pick.

The Sabres get Jake Gardiner, a solid 3rd pair defenseman and a 3rd round pick, while the Hurricanes get Eric Staal, a top 6 center, Colin Miller, and a 2nd round pick.

Rasmus Ristolainen is traded to the Arizona Coyotes for Cameron Crotty, 2021 2nd round pick.

The Coyotes get a top 4 defenseman in Rasmus Ristolainen, while the Sabres get Cameron Crotty, a solid defensive prospect, and a 2nd round pick.


2021 draft

10-Jesper Wallstedt

45-Graham Sward

Jesper Wallstedt will be their goalie of the future, and Graham Sward could be a top 4 defenseman.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign a few players:

Sam Reinhart-5yrs/5.7M per

Rasmus Dahlin-3yrs/5M per

Brandon Montour-3yrs/4.25M per

Linus Ullmark-3yrs/3.5M per

Henri Jokiharju-2yrs/1.75M per


Buffalo Sabres re-sign all other RFAs


Buffalo Sabres sign a few players:

Blake Coleman-3yrs/3.5M per

Jamie Oleksiak-3yrs/3M per


Buffalo Sabres miss the playoffs once again in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 9th pick in the draft.


Since the Winnipeg Jets re-signed Taylor Hall, the Sabres will get their 2022 1st round pick.

2022 Draft

9-Simon Nemec

16-Cruz Lucius

The Buffalo Sabres get Simon Nemec and Cruz Lucius, two blue-chip prospects that can be a huge part of their core.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign two key players:

Victor Olofsson-6yrs/5.5M per

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen-2yrs/2.75M per


Buffalo Sabres re-sign all other RFAs


Buffalo Sabres sign a few players:

Reilly Smith-6yrs/5.2M per

Chris Tierney-4yrs/3.75M per


Buffalo Sabres make the playoffs in the 2022-23 season but get eliminated in the first round.


Before the 2023 draft, the Buffalo Sabres make three huge trades:


Buffalo Sabres trade Jeff Skinner, Linus Ulmark, a 2023 1st round pick to the Detroit Red Wings for Michael Rasmussen, a 2023 2nd round pick.

This is a cap dump, which frees up 7.3 million in cap space for the Sabres to sign some useful players.


The Sabres acquire Cal Foote from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Henri Jokiharju.

This is a straight-up one to one swap; Jokiharju fits the Lightning better than Foote does, while Foote is a better fit for the Sabres.


Sam Reinhart is traded to the New Jersey Devils for a 2023 1st round pick. 

Sam Reinhart is no longer with Cruz Lucius ready for a full-time role, so the Sabres can trade him to get a 1st round pick. 

2023 draft

10-Arttu Karki

The Sabres add Arttu Karki, a two-way defenseman, who will be a staple on their defense for years to come.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign a few players:

Dylan Cozens-8yrs/6M per

Jack Quinn-6yrs/5.75M per

Tage Thompson-4yrs/2.75M per


Buffalo Sabres re-sign all other RFAs


Buffalo Sabres sign Connor Brown to a 3 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season.


By the 2023-24 season, the Buffalo Sabres have put together a contending team that has the potential to be a dynasty.


2023-24 Buffalo Sabres

V.Olofsson-J.Eichel-R.Smith

N.Ehlers-D.Cozens-J.Quinn

B.Coleman-C.Tierney-Cr.Lucius

M.Rasmussen-C.Mittelstadt-T.Thompson

R.Dahlin-S.Nemec

G.Sward-C.Foote

J.Oleksiak-C.Crotty

J.Wallstedt

U-P.Luukkonen

Top Prospects: A.Karki



The Buffalo Sabres have now are now legitimate contenders and could be the next dynasty in the league.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

HOW MINNESOTA WILD CAN BECOME A CONTENDING TEAM

 The Minnesota Wild are a mediocre team that is stuck in no man's land; they aren't good enough to be a contender, but at the same time, they aren't bad enough to be a lottery team. So the most logical thing to do is to trade their veteran players and rebuild for the future.


At the trade deadline, the Minnesota Wild make two blockbuster trades.

Minnesota Wild trade Jonas Brodin, Nick Bonino to the New Jersey Devils for Will Butcher, Andreas Johnsson, and a 2021 2nd rd pick. 

The Devils get a top 4 defenseman in Jonas Brodin and a top 9 forward in Nick Bonino, while the Wild get Will Butcher, Andreas Johnsson, and a 2nd round pick.

The Wild also trade Marcus Johansson, Victor Rask, 1st round pick '21 to the Detroit Red Wings for Vladislav Namestnikov, and a 2021 2nd round pick.

This is a good trade for both sides because the Wild gain cap space, while the Red Wings get Marcus Johansson and a 1st round pick.


The Minnesota Wild finish the 2020-21 season with the 10th worst record in the draft but end up with the 11th pick in the 2021 draft.


Minnesota Wild lose Andreas Johnsson in the expansion draft to the Seattle Kraken.


At the 2021 draft, the Minnesota Wild trade picks 42, 53 to the Colorado Avalanche for pick 31


2021 Draft

11-Luke Hughes

31-Sasha Pastujov

50-Sebastian Cossa

The Minnesota Wild get three top-notch prospects in Luke Hughes, Sasha Pastujov, and Sebastian Cossa, who should all be a big part of their core.


Minnesota Wild re-sign the following players:

Kevin Fiala-4yrs/5.5M per

Kirill Kaprizov-3yrs/5M per

Joel Eriksson EK-4yrs/2.5M per

Ryan Hartman-3yrs/1.8M per


The Minnesota Wild makes two key free-agent signings:

Tomas Tatar-5yrs/6M per

Phillip Danault-7yrs/5.2M per 


The Minnesota Wild finish the 2021-22 season with the 8th worst record in the league but end up winning the draft lottery, ending up with the 3rd pick in the draft.


Minnesota Wild buyout Zach Parise; he is due 444k per season until 2028.


Before the 2022 draft, two trades are made.


Minnesota Wild trade Matt Dumba to the Buffalo Sabres for Henri Jokiharju, Tage Thompson, and a 2022 1st round pick.

The Sabres get Matt Dumba, a top 4 defenseman in his prime, while the Wild get Henri Jokiharju and Tage Thompson, two solid young players and a 1st round pick.


The Wild also trade Mats Zuccarello to the Nashville Predators for a 2022 2nd round pick and a 2022 4th round pick.  

The Predators get Mats Zuccarello, while the Wild clear cap space and gain some draft picks.


2022 draft

3-Brad Lambert

10 (from BUF)-Jack Hughes 


The Minnesota Wild draft Brad Lambert and Jack Hughes, two prospects that will be a major part of their core in the future.


All their RFAs re-sign with the Minnesota Wild.


Minnesota Wild sign a few key free agents:

Ben Chiarot-4yrs/3.5M per

Ilya Mikheyev-3yrs/2.9M per

Nick Paul-2yrs/2M per


The Minnesota Wild make the playoffs in the 2022-23 season but get eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.


Minnesota Wild buyout Ryan Suter; he will be due 333k per season until 2028.


Before the 2023 draft, the Minnesota Wild acquire Reilly Smith from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2023 1st round pick.

The Wild get a top 6 forward in Reilly Smith, while the Golden Knights get a 1st round pick.


Minnesota Wild re-sign a few players:

Reilly Smith-4yrs/6M per

Marco Rossi-3yrs/4.5M per

Calen Addison-4yrs/3.5M per


Minnesota Wild sign Ryan Graves to a 5 yr deal worth 4 million per season.


By the 2023-24 season, the Minnesota Wild have put together a contending team.


2023-24 Minnesota Wild

K.Kaprizov-B.Lambert-R.Smith

T.Tatar-P.Danault-K.Fiala

J.Greenway-M.Rossi-I.Mikheyev

N.Paul-J.Eriksson Ek-R.Hartman

R.Graves-J.Spurgeon

L.Hughes-C.Addison

B.Chiarot-H.Jokiharju

S.Cossa

K.Kakkonen

Top Prospects: J.Hughes, S.Pastujov



The Minnesota Wild now have a tremendous core that looks like it could be contenders for the next few years.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

HOW ANAHEIM DUCKS CAN BECOME A CONTENDER

 The Anaheim Ducks are a rebuilding team right now, so they won't likely make the playoffs this season, so they should trade their veteran players to stack up on prospects and picks for the future. Doing this would enable the Anaheim Ducks to build a legit contending team.


At the trade deadline, the Anaheim Ducks make one major trade:

Ryan Getzlaf is traded to the Calgary Flames for Sam Bennett, a 2021 1st round pick.

The Calgary Flames a great veteran center in Ryan Getzlaf to help bolster the depth at center, while the Ducks get Sam Bennett, as well as a 1st round pick.


The Anaheim Ducks finish the 2020-21 season with the 5th worst record; However, the Ducks slide to the 7th pick as two teams jump them in the 2021 draft lottery.


Before the Expansion draft, the Anaheim Ducks make one major trades:

Anaheim Ducks trade Cam Fowler to the New Jersey Devils for Sami Vatanen, Nick Merkley, Michael McLeod, 2022 2nd round pick.

The Devils get Cam Fowler, a top 4 defenseman, while the Ducks get Sami Vatanen, a top 6 defenseman, Michael McLeod and Nick Merkley, two solid prospects and a 2nd round pick.


Anaheim Ducks lose Troy Terry to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


2021 Draft

7-Carson Lambos

16-Fabian Lysell

40-Wyatt Johnston

The Ducks draft a cornerstone defenseman in Carson Lambos and two good forwards in Fabian Lysell and Wyatt Johnson.


Anaheim Ducks re-sign a few players:

Sami Vatanen-4yrs/3.5M per

Danton Heinen-1yr/3M

Sam Bennett-3yrs/2.75M per

Michael McLeod+Nick Merkley-2yr deal

Anaheim Ducks re-sign all their RFAs


The Anaheim Ducks finish the 2021-22 season with the 4th worst record in the league, but they win the draft lottery and land the 1st pick in the 2022 draft.


Before the 2022 draft, a few trades are made:

Anaheim Ducks trade Rickard Rakell, Josh Manson to the Nashville Predators for Philip Tomasino, a 2022 2nd round pick.

The Predators get Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson, two veteran players, who immediately make the Predators better, while the Ducks get Philip Tomasino, a talented prospect and a 2nd round pick.


They also trade Jakob Silfverberg to the Detroit Red Wings for Michael Rasmussen, Troy Stetcher, and a 2022 2nd round pick.

The Red Wings get Jakob Silfverberg, a top 6 sniper, while the Ducks get Michael Rasmussen and Troy Stetcher, two solid players, and a 2nd round pick. 


At the 2022 draft, the Anaheim Ducks trade picks 33, 36, 46 to the Pittsburgh Penguins for pick 18.


2022 Draft

1-Shane Wright

18-Charlie Leddy

40-David Jiricek

Anaheim Ducks draft their new face of the franchise in Shane Wright, and two tremendous defensemen in Charlie Leddy and David Jiricek.


Anaheim Ducks re-sign a few players:

Hampus Lindholm-7yrs/5.75M per

Sonny Milano-3yrs/2.8M per

Troy Stetcher-2yrs/1.8M per

Jacob Larsson-2yrs/1.5M per

Anaheim Ducks re-sign all their RFAs.


The Anaheim Ducks finish the 2022-23 season with a much better record but still miss the playoffs; they have the 12th pick in the draft.


2023 Draft

12-Jesse Nurmi

The Anaheim Ducks draft Jessi Nurmi, a talented Finnish forward who can be a huge part of the team for years to come.


The Anaheim Ducks make the playoffs during the 2023-24 season; However, the Ducks are bounced in the 2nd round.


After the season, the Anaheim Ducks trade Adam Henrique to the Florida Panthers for Henrik Borgstrom, Aleksi Heponiemi, and a 2024 2nd round pick.

The Florida Panthers get Adam Henrique, a top 6 center, while the Ducks get two solid forwards in Borgstrom and Heponiemi and a 2nd round pick.


Anaheim Ducks re-sign a few players:

Trevor Zegras-4yrs/5.5M per

Jamie Drysdale-4yrs/5.2M per

Isac Lundestrom-4yrs/4.5M per

Sam Steel-3yrs/4.25M per

Maxime Comtois-3yrs/4M per

Michael Rasmussen-2yrs/2.5M per

Philip Tomasino-2yrs/2.5M per

Aleksi Heponiemi-2yrs/1.9M per

Henrik Borgstrom-1yr/1.5M


Anaheim Ducks re-sign all their RFAs.


By the 2024-25 season, the Anaheim Ducks have built a powerhouse team:


2024-25 Anaheim Ducks:

M.Comtois-S.Wright-T.Zegras

I.Lundestrom-P.Tomisino-F.Lysell

S.Milano-S.Steel-M.Rasmussen

A.Heponiemi-H.Borgstrom-M.McLeod

H.Lindholm-J.Drysdale

C.Lambos-C.Leddy

S.Vatanen-T.Stetcher

J.Gibson

L.Dostal

Spares: J.Larsson Top Prospects: Jesse Nurmi, Wyatt Johnston, David Jiricek



The Anaheim Ducks are now in a position to contend for the next couple of years.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

How New Jersey Devils can become Stanley Cup Contenders

 The New Jersey Devils will likely be one of the worst teams in the NHL this season, but if they rebuild their team correctly, they could be a Stanley Cup contender.


To stack up on more picks and prospects, the Devils should trade away some of their veteran players on expiring contracts.

New Jersey Devils trade Kyle Palmieri to the Colorado Avalanche for Andre Burakovsky and a 2021 1st round pick. 

Colorado Avalanche adds Kyle Palmieri in hopes of winning the Stanley Cup, while the Devils get Andre Burakovsky and a 1st round pick.


The New Jersey Devils also trade Nikita Gusev to the Detroit Red Wings for Tiro Hirose, a 2021 2nd round pick.

The Red Wings add Nikita Gusev from the Devils for Tiro Hirose and a 2nd round pick.


Travis Zajac is traded to the Florida Panthers for a 2021 2nd round pick. 

The Panthers add Travis Zajac, a solid veteran center from the Devils.


Jesper Bratt is re-signed to a 4 yr deal worth 3.25 million per season.


The New Jersey Devils finish the 2020-21 season with the 2nd worst record in the league but end up with the 3rd pick in the draft.


New Jersey Devils lose Will Butcher to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


2021 Draft

3-Simon Edvinsson

32-Issac Belliveau

34-Cameron Whynot

50-Sebastian Cossa

53-Jayden Grubbe

New Jersey Devils draft Simon Edvinsson, Issac Belliveau, Cameron Whynot, 3 terrific defensemen, Sebastian Cossa, a great prospect goalie, and Jayden Grubbe.


New Jersey Devils sign a few players in free agency:

Phillip Danault-6yrs/5.75M per 

Arturri Lehkonen-3yrs/3M per


At the Trade Deadline, the New Jersey Devils trade PK Subban to the LA Kings for Rasmus Kupari, Blake Lizotte, and a 2nd round pick '22.

The Kings acquire PK Subban, a great top 4 defenseman for Rasmus Kupari and Blake Lizotte, two good prospects, and a 2nd round pick.


The New Jersey Devils finish the 2021-22 season with the 8th worst record in the league; they have the 9th pick.


2022 Draft

9-Simon Nemec

New Jersey Devils draft Simon Nemec, a talented Slovakian-born defenseman with tons of upside.


New Jersey Devils re-sign a few key players:

Jack Hughes-8yrs/5.75M per

Damon Severson-7yrs/5M per

Andre Burakovsky-3yrs/4.5M per

Pavel Zacha-4yrs/3M per

Corey Crawford-1yrs/2.9M per

Jesper Boqvist-2yrs/2.5M per


The New Jersey Devils barely miss the playoffs in the 2022-23 season;  however, they win the draft lottery and end up with the 3rd pick.


Before the 2023 draft, the New Jersey Devils trade Kevin Bahl, Jesper Bratt, Michael McLeod, 1st round pick '23 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Mikhail Sergachev.

The Devils acquire their future number 1 defenseman in Mikhail Sergachev, while the Lightning acquires Kevin Bahl, a big six-six defenseman, Jesper Boqvist/Michael McLeod, two great prospects, and a 1st round pick.


New Jersey Devils re-sign a few key players:

Mikhail Sergachev-8yrs/6.25M per

Mackenzie Blackwood-5yrs/5.2M per

Ty Smith-3yrs/2.75M per 

Nolan Foote-2yrs/1.7M per


The New Jersey Devils breakthrough in the 2023-24 season and make it to the Conference Finals, only to lose to the New York Rangers.


New Jersey Devils re-sign a few players:

Alexander Holtz-6yrs/5.5M per

Dawson Mercer-5yrs/5M per


By the 2024-25 season, the New Jersey Devils have become a powerhouse team:


2024-25 New Jersey Devils

A.Holtz-N.Hischier-D.Mercer

J.Hughes-P.Danault-A.Burakovsky

N.Foote-R.Kupari-A.Lehkonen

P.Zacha-B.Lizotte-J.Grubbe

M.Sergachev-S.Edvinsson

T.Smith-S.Nemec

C.Whynot-D.Severson

M.Blackwood

S.Cossa



The New Jersey Devils now have a contending team that could be a threat to win it all, granted all their young players pan out.