Thursday, May 27, 2021

Podcast 113-2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs: West Division Semi Finals Preview

This is an extension of podcast 113-2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Semi-Finals Preview.

The Result of the Vegas/Minnesota series is still unknown, so I will do a preview with both of the teams included.





West Division Semi-Finals

Colorado Avalanche vs Vegas Golden Knights/Minnesota Wild

Key Players:  COL-F: N.MacKinnon, M.Rantanen, G.Landeskog, Alex Newhook, A.Burakovsky, J.Donskoi, Tyson Jost, Valeri Nischuskin | D: C.Makar, S.Girard, D.Toews, R.Graves
VGK-F: M.Stone, J.Marchessault, W.Karlsson, R.Smith, A.Tuch, C.Stephenson, Cody Glass, Mattias Janmark | D: S.Theodore, A.Pietrangelo, A.Martinez, B.McNabb, Z.Whitecloud
MIN-F: K.Kaprizov, M.Zuccarello, K.Fiala, J.Eriksson Ek, J.Greenway, M.Foligno, V.Rask, N.Bjugstad, R.Hartman | D: J.Spurgeon, R.Suter, M.Dumba, J.Brodin
X-Factor: JT Compher (COL), Nicholas Roy (VGK)/Z.Parise (MIN)
Goalies: P.Grubauer (COL) vs M-A.Fleury (VGK)/ C.Talbot (MIN)

If you are the Colorado Avalanche right now, I think they would rather face the Vegas Golden Knights than the Minnesota Wild
because without Max Pacioretty, the Golden Knights lack depth scoring to match the scoring of Colorado.
Minnesota on the other hand has a more structured and defensive style of play, which is better when going up against a team like Colorado.
In the regular season, the Avalanche had a 4-4-0 record against the Golden Knights, and a 5-3-0 record against the Wild,
with the Avs outscoring the Wild 31-25, and the Golden Knights outscoring the Avalanche 18-17.

As we have learned in the playoffs before, any team can beat, so the Colorado Avalanche will have to do not take either of these two teams lightly.
The Colorado Avalanche is one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, and they showed why in the first round against the St.Louis Blues.
Colorado will be without Nazem Kadri from this series, but they still have plenty of firepower.
The Avs offensive attack is spearheaded by Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Gabriel Landeskog, with players like Joonas Donskoi, Andre Burakovsky, Alex Newhook, and Valeri Nischuskin providing secondary scoring. Whenever defenseman like Cale Makar, Sam Girard, or Devon Toews are on the ice, the Avalanche are impossible to defend against because the defenseman are capable
of making dynamic plays with and without the puck.
Philipp Grubauer wasn't tested much in the St.Louis series, but he will be in the next round, whether they face Vegas or Minnesota;
he will need to play well for them to advance.




If Colorado ends up facing Vegas, watch out for the William Karlsson line with Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith;
that line always seems to elevate the play in the playoffs.
If Max Pacioretty remains out, Alex Tuch will need to be productive playing on the Mark Stone line;
Tuch playing on the Stone line means that their depth will be a bit weak, so they will need some unsung heroes to step up.
Defensively, Alex Pietrangelo and Alec Martinez will have the tall task of shutting down Nathan MacKinnon;
if they can't do that, it will be a long series.
Shea Theodore needs to produce offensively if they want to match Colorado's scoring from their blueline.
Marc-Andre Fleury is the goalie you want in your net when facing a star-powered offense; after all, Fleury has faced his share of high-powered offenses in his career.



If Colorado ends up facing Minnesota the line to keep an eye on is the line that has been kept together the entire season,
J.Greenway-Joel Eriksson Ek-Marcus Foligno; this line is going to be tasked with shutting down the Nathan MacKinnon line.
Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin Fiala were inconsistent during the first round against the Wild but played better as the series went on.
Zach Parise hasn't seen much playing time, but he certainly has made the most out of his playing time, as he has brought intensity and energy on every shift he plays
Perhaps the most consistent player in the first round for Minnesota was Ryan Hartman, who generated tons of scoring chances;
he needs to continue his strong play because he plays on the line with Kaprizov.
A major reason why the Wild was able to force a Game 7 was because of their stingy defense,
anchored by Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Matt Dumba, and Jonas Brodin;
these 4 defensemen will need to be at the top of their game in order for Minnesota to beat Colorado.

Colorado should be the Favorites regardless of which team they face, but I think Minnesota is the team that could give them more trouble.

Predictions: COL beats VGK in 6, COL beats MIN in 6.  








Wednesday, May 26, 2021

How San Jose Sharks can Win their First Stanley Cup

 The San Jose Sharks have never won a Stanley Cup in their franchise history, but if they make the proper changes and draft correctly, they could win Lord Stanley's Cup. This is how the San Jose Sharks could win their first-ever Stanley Cup.


Before the expansion draft, one trade is made:

San Jose Sharks trade Marc-Eduord Vlasic, Ryan Merkley, 1st rd pick '23 to the Seattle Kraken for 2nd rd pick '23. The Sharks retain 25% of Vlasic's contract until the 2024-25 season.

This trade allows the Sharks to get rid of Vlasic's contract and trade away Ryan Merkely, who is ultra-talented but his discipline issues.


San Jose Sharks lose Marcus Sorensen to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion Draft.


Before the 2021 Draft, two trades are made:

San Jose Sharks trade Ryan Donato, Radim Simek, Noah Gregor to the Arizona Coyotes for Lawson Crouse, Tyler Pitlick, 4th rd pick '21.

The Sharks add more physicality to the lineup with the additions of Lawson Crouse and Tyler Pitlick, while the Coyotes get a top 9 forward in Ryan Donato, a top 6 defenseman in Radim Simek, and a depth center in Noah Gregor.

The Sharks also trade Kevin Lebanc to the Vancouver Canucks for Jake Virtanen, 2nd round pick '21.

This trade benefits both teams because Lebanc gets a chance to play alongside Elias Pettersson on the top line, while Jake Virtanen gets a fresh start in San Jose.


2021 draft

7-Brandt Clarke

41-Matthew Knies

71-Tyler Boucher

The San Jose Sharks draft Brandt Clarke, a potential top-pair defenseman, as well as Matthiew Knies and Tyler Boucher, two solid forwards.


San Jose Sharks re-sign a few players:

Dylan Gambrell-2yrs/1.5M per

Rudolfs Balcers-2yrs/1.3M per

Josef Korenar-2yrs/800k per


San Jose Sharks re-sign All other RFAs 


San Jose Sharks sign Sam Reinhart to a 7 yr deal worth 5.5 million per season, Jason Demers to a 1 yr deal worth 2.5M.


The San Jose Sharks finish the 2021-22 season with the 7th worst record in the league, but they win the draft lottery and end up with the 2nd overall pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, a few trades are made:

San Jose Sharks trade Logan Couture to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Liam Foudy, Emil Benstrom, Alexandre Texier, 1st round pick '22.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get a legit first line center in Logan Couture, while the Sharks get a couple of solid young players and a 1st round pick.

The Sharks also trade Brent Burns to the Edmonton Oilers for Evan Bouchard, Jesse Puljujarvi, Cooper Marody, 1st round pick '23.

The Edmonton Oilers get Brent Burns, a legit top pair defenseman to pair with Darnell Nurse, while the Sharks get Evan Bouchard, Jesse Puljujarvi, two terrific young players and a 1st round pick.

Evander Kane is traded to the New Jersey Devils for Nolan Foote, 2nd round pick '22, 2nd round pick '24.

The Devils get a legit top 6 winger to put on the line with Jack Hughes, while the Sharks get a top prospect in Nolan Foote and two second-round picks.


At the 2022 Draft, San Jose Sharks trade pick 8 to the Philadelphia Flyers for picks 13, 45.


2022 Draft

2-Matthew Savoie

13-Issac Howard

39-Joakim Kemell

43-Simon Forsmark

45-Filip Bystedt

The San Jose Sharks strike gold in the 2022 draft, landing Matthew Savoie and Issac Howard in the first round, then Joakim Kemell, Simon Forsmark, and Filip Bystedt in the second round.


San Jose Sharks re-sign a few players:

Tomas Hertl-6yrs/6M per

Mario Ferraro-5yrs/3M per

Jesse Puljujarvi-2yrs/3M per

Jake Virtanen-3yrs/2.8M per

Nikolai Knyzhov-3yrs/2.25M per

Lawson Crouse-3yrs/2M per

Alexander Barabanov-2yrs/1.8M per

Emil Benstrom-2yrs/1M per

Liam Foudy-2yrs/1M per

Cooper Marody-2yrs/800k per


San Jose Sharks re-sign All other RFAs.


At the trade deadline, the San Jose Sharks make one major trade:

San Jose Sharks trade Martin Jones to the Ottawa Senators for 3rd rd pick '23. If the Senators make it to the playoffs, the 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick.

The Senators get a playoff-proven goalie in Martin Jones, while the Sharks get a conditional 3rd round pick that could become a 2nd round pick.


Without Logan Couture, Brent Burns, and Evander Kane, the San Jose Sharks finish with the worst record in the NHL, but two teams jump them in the lottery and they end up with the 3rd pick in the draft.


The Senators did make the playoffs with the help of Martin Jones, so the Sharks get the Sens' 2023 2nd round pick.


Before the draft, one trade is made:

San Jose Sharks acquire Yaroslav Askarov from the Nashville Predators for 1st round pick '23, 1st round pick '25.

This is a lot to give up for a prospect goalie, but Askarov is projected to be the best goalie prospect since Carey Price.


2023 Draft

3-Adam Fantilli

San Jose Sharks draft Adam Fantilli, an ultra-talented forward who should be a big part of the Sharks core in the future.


After the draft, San Jose Sharks acquire Anthony Cirelli from the Tampa Bay Lightning for 2nd rd pick '24, 2nd rd pick '26.

The Sharks get Anthony Cirelli, a player with cup experience and is extremely versatile.


San Jose Sharks re-sign a few players:

Anthony Cirelli-3yrs/5M per

Evan Bouchard-3yrs/2.75M per

Josef Korenar-3yrs/2.5M per

 

San Jose Sharks re-sign All other RFAs.


San Jose Sharks sign Yaroslav Askarov to a 2yr entry-level contract.


The San Jose Sharks have a major turnaround in the 2023-24 season, and they make the playoffs, however, due to the inexperience of their core players are quickly bounced in the first round.


San Jose Sharks re-sign a few players:

Brandt Clarke-5yrs/5M per

Liam Foudy-3yrs/2.5M per

Emil Benstrom-2yrs/1.6M per


San Jose Sharks re-sign All other RFAs.


To the shock of the hockey world, the San Jose Sharks have a cinderella run in the 2024-25 season, and win the Stanley Cup, capping off their Cup run with a victory over the New York Rangers.

San Jose Sharks re-sign a few players:

Matthew Savoie-3yrs/5.5M per

Issac Howard-3yrs/4.75M per

Matthew Knies-2yrs/2.5M per

By the 2025-26 season, the San Jose Sharks have a Stanley Cup and are on the cusp of assembling a dynasty



2025-26 San Jose Sharks

I.Howard-M.Savoie-S.Reinhart

T.Hertl-A.Fantilli-J.Kemell

M.Knies-A.Cirelli-J.Virtanen

L.Crouse-L.Foudy-E.Benstrom

S.Forsmark-B.Clarke

M.Ferraro-E.Karlsson

N.Knyzhov-E.Bouchard

Y.Askarov

J.Korenar


Top Prospects: F.Bystedt, T.Boucher


The San Jose Sharks now have a Stanley Cup, and look to be in a position to win more in the next decade.


Thursday, May 20, 2021

2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs: What North Division Teams Need to do to Advance

This is an extension of Podcast 112: What teams need to do to advance in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs; Here are my thoughts on what needs to be done for North Division teams to advance.



Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens have a historic rivalry in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and they look to renew it in the 1st round of the 2021 playoffs. Contrary to popular belief, I don't think this will be a cakewalk for the Toronto Maple Leafs, because the Montreal Canadiens are a tough team to play against. Toronto should be aware that Montreal in the playoffs is a completely different team than Montreal in the regular season.

Toronto is obviously the better team on paper, but Montreal is not as bad as most people think. The Maple Leafs are top 6 heavy, while Montreal has tremendous depth and role 4 lines and 3 D pairs.

It has been said before that the teams that do well in the postseason have better role players, if that is the case then Montreal should have the advantage because their team has an abundance of role players, but the issue is they don't have that star offensive player that puts them over the top. Carey Price is a great postseason goalie, and always has risen his level of play; it would surprise me if he led the Canadiens past the Maple Leafs.

If Toronto is to win this series, they will need the other players outside of Matthews, Marner, Tavares to score. In the case that one of their star players gets injured, they will need some of their role players like Alex Kerfoot, Nick Foligno, and Alex Galchenyuk to step up. Players like Joe Thornton, Zach Hyman, Jason Spezza, Wayne Simmonds will need to be productive if the Leafs want to advance.

Montreal is the worst matchup in the North division for the Leafs because they have to go against a team that is built for the postseason, and a goalie that is considered by many as the best postseason goalie right now.


Edmonton Oilers vs Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets lead the best of 7 series, 1-0, as they were able to shut down the high power Edmonton offense in Game 1. Winnipeg doesn't need to change anything, if it's not broke don't fix it. On the other hand, Edmonton needs to make a few adjustments, since is a different Winnipeg team than the one they saw in the final month of the season.

The first adjustment is to swap Ryan Nugent Hopkins and Dominik Kahun, so RNH plays with McDavid and Puljujarvi, and Kahun plays with Drasiaitl and Yamamoto. These changes help both McDavid and Draisaitl because RNH supports the puck better than Kahun, and Kahun has much better chemistry with Draisaitl. Secondly, the Oilers need to adjust their playstyle a bit; they can't hold onto the puck for too long because the Jets are defending in layers. What the Oilers should be doing is keep the Defense on their heels by moving the puck to the points, and get point shots with traffic in front,  looking for tips or screens, but they can't let Hellebucyk get a clean look at point shots. The Jets raised the level of intensity, look for the Oilers to come out more physical, to match the intensity.

I still think the Edmonton Oilers can win this series, they just were not prepared for what Winnipeg was doing defensively in game 1.









Wednesday, May 19, 2021

How Winnipeg Jets can win their first Stanley Cup

 The Winnipeg Jets are a borderline playoff team right now, but if they want to win a Stanley Cup, they will need to make a few changes. This is how I would turn the Winnipeg Jets into a Stanley Cup caliber team. 

Before the 2021 Draft, two trades are made:

Winnipeg Jets trade Paul Stastny to the Detroit Red Wings for 3rd rd pick '21.

The Jets don't need Paul Stastny anymore because they intend on playing Pierre Luc Dubois at center for the upcoming season.

The Jets also trade Mathieu Perreault, Derek Forbort, Trevor Lewis to the Calgary Flames for Joakim Nordstrom, Brett Ritchie, 4th rd pick '22.

Winnipeg bulks up with the additions of Joakim Nordstrom and Brett Ritchie, and they get a 4th round pick as well.


Winnipeg Jets lose Dylan DeMelo to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


2021 draft

18-Corson Ceulemans

50-Sean Behrens

82-Shai Buium

95-Kalle Vaisanen

The Winnipeg Jets greatly bolster their defense with the additions of Ceulemans, Behrens, and Buium.


Winnipeg Jets re-sign a few players:

Neal Pionk-6yrs/5.2M per

Andrew Copp-5yrs/3.25M per

Tucker Poolman-3yrs/2.5M per

Logan Stanley-2yrs/2M per

Laurent Brossoit-2yrs/1.5M per

Joakim Nordstrom-2yrs/950k per

Brett Richie-2yrs/900k per

Nate Thompson-1yr/700k


Winnipeg Jets re-sign all RFAs


Winnipeg Jets make two free-agent signings:

Jamie Oleksiak-3yrs/3.5M per

Cody Ceci-1yr/1.75M 


The Winnipeg Jets make the playoffs in the 2021-22 season, but get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.


Before the 2022 draft, the Winnipeg Jets make two major trades:


Winnnipeg Jets trade Pierre Luc Dubois to the Montreal Canadiens for Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Artturi Lehkonen, 1st round pick '22.

This trade makes the Montreal Canadiens strong at center and turns them into an instant contender.


The Jets also trade Nikolaj Ehlers to the Boston Bruins for Jake DeBrusk, Jack Studnicka, 1st round pick '22.

The Bruins get a shift winger to play alongside David Krejci, while the Jets get to retool a little bit.


2022 draft

14-Seamus Casey

18-Cruz Luciuz

22-Ivan Miroshichenko

The Winnipeg Jets draft Seamus Casey, Cruz Lucius, and Ivan Miroshichenko, three terrific prospects that should be a huge part of the teams' future.


Winnipeg Jets re-sign a few players:

Jack Studnicka-3yrs/1.5M per

Cody Ceci-1yr/1.7M


Winnipeg Jets re-sign all RFAs


Winnipeg Jets sign Johan Larsson, Nick Cousins to a 2 yr deal worth 1.5M per season.


The Winnipeg Jets have a terrific regular season but lose in the 2nd round of the playoffs in the 2022-23 season.


Before the 2023 draft, two major trades are made:

Winnipeg Jets trade Blake Wheeler to the Buffalo Sabres for Rasmus Asplund, Matej Pekar, 1st round pick '23.

The Buffalo Sabres get Blake Wheeler, a veteran player, who can help mentor Buffalo's young players.

The Jets also trade Jake DeBrusk, Artturi Lehkonen to the Edmonton Oilers for Ethan Bear, Cooper Marody, 3rd rd pick '23.

The Jets grab some prospects from the Oilers that weren't be used for DeBrusk and Lehkonen, two players who were going to be free agents.


The Winnipeg Jets have the Sabres 1st round pick, which was originally 10th overall; however, they get lucky in the lottery and land the 2nd pick in the draft.


2023 draft

2-Matvei Michkov

25-Gracyn Sawchyn

The Winnipeg Jets get Matvei Michkov, the best pure goal scorer available in the draft since Alex Ovechkin.


Winnipeg Jets re-sign a few players:

Jesperi Kotkaniemi-5yrs/5.2M per

Cole Perfetti-3yrs/4.5M per

Ville Heinola-3yrs/3M per

Rasmus Asplund-2yrs/2M per

Tyler Benson-2yrs/900k per

Cooper Marody-2yrs/900k per

Matej Pekar-2yrs/800k per


Winnipeg Jets re-sign all RFAs


Antony Stolarz-2yrs/1M per


The Winnipeg Jets take a step back in the 2023-24 season and lose in the first round of the playoffs.


After the season, one major trade is made:

Winnipeg Jets trade Neal Pionk, 1st rd pick '24 to the Philadelphia Flyers for Travis Konecny, Morgan Frost.

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Flyers get a Right defenseman to paid with Ivan Provorov and a 1st round pick, while the Jets get Travis Konecny, a top 6 winger, who got lost in the shuffle in Philly and Morgan Frost.


Winnipeg Jets re-sign a few players:

Mark Scheifele-8yrs/9.5M per

Connor Hellebuyck-7yrs/8M per

Corson Ceulemans-6yrs/4.5M per

Ethan Bear-3yrs/2.75M per

Morgan Frost-2yrs/1.8M per


Winnipeg Jets re-sign all RFAs


The Winnipeg Jets win the Stanley Cup in the 2024-25 season.


By the 2025-26 season, the Winnipeg Jets have built a frightening team.


2025-26 Winnipeg Jets

K.Connor-M.Scheifele-C.Lucius

I.Miroshichenko-C.Perfetti-T.Konecny

R.Asplund-J.Kotkaniemi-M.Frost

A.Copp-A.Lowry-J.Studnicka

V.Heinola-C.Ceulemans

J.Morrissey-S.Casey

S.Behrens-E.Bear

C.Hellebuyck

A.Stolarz

Non Roster players: M.Michkov, G.Sawchyn, C.Marody, S.Buium, K.Vasainen, M.Pekar



The Winnipeg Jets have already won a Stanley cup and could win more after Matvei Michkov joins the team.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Podcast 111-2021 NHL Playoffs: Honda West Division Playoff Preview (Update)

This is Honda West Playoff Preview.

 Colorado Avalanche vs St.Louis Blues


Key Players:  COL-F: N.MacKinnon, M.Rantanen, G.Landeskog, N.Kadri, Alex Newhook, A.Burakovsky, J.Donskoi | D: C.Makar, S.Girard, D.Toews, R.Graves

STL-F: R.O'Reilly, V.Tarasenko, J.Schwartz, B.Schenn, D.Perron, R.Thomas, M.Hoffman | D: T.Krug, J.Faulk, C.Parayko, V.Dunn

X-Factor: Tyson Jost (COL), Jordan Kyrou (STL)

Goalies: P.Grubauer (COL) vs J.Binnington (STL)

The Colorado Avalanche have owned the season series against the St.Louis Blues, winning 5 out of the 8 games. St.Louis certainly knows what it takes to win the Stanley Cup but Colorado is not a good first-round matchup for them.

The Colorado Avalanche is led by Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar, and have a great supporting cast which includes players such as Nazem Kadri, Alex Newhook, Joonas Donskoi, Sam Girard, Devon Toews, and Andre Burakovsky. Philipp Grubauer has had a tremendous regular season and is a potential Vezina Trophy nominee. Colorado has tons of offensive talent, but when they face a more physical team, they could struggle.

The St.Louis Blues are led by 2019 playoff Conn Smythe winner Ryan O'Reilly, who has the most consistent Blue this season. If St.Louis wants to beat Vegas, players such as Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn, and Jaden Schwartz will need to step up. Jordan Binnington had a rocky regular season but finished the season strong, which is good for St.Louis.

Colorado should win this series easily because St.Louis just hasn't played Colorado well this year

Prediction: COL win 4-1

Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild


Key Players: VGK-F: M.Stone, M.Pacioretty, J.Marchessault, W.Karlsson, R.Smith, A.Tuch, C.Stephenson | D: S.Theodore, A.Pietrangelo, A.Martinez, B.McNabb, Z.Whitecloud, 

MIN-F: K.Kaprizov, M.Zuccarello, K.Fiala, J.Eriksson Ek, J.Greenway, M.Foligno, V.Rask, Z.Parise | D: J.Spurgeon, R.Suter, M.Dumba, J.Brodin

X Factor: Tomas Nosek (VGK), Nick Bjugstad (MIN)

Goalies: R.Lehner/M-A.Fleury (VGK)  vs C.Talbot (MIN)

The Minnesota Wild is perhaps the biggest surprise of the season, so it would be shocking if they upset the Vegas Golden Knights. Minnesota actually has the advantage in the season series 5-3, but the team both have scored 24 goals apiece.

The Vegas Golden Knights are led by Mark Stone, a Selke nominee, and is having the best statistical season of his career. The William Karlsson line with Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith was having a quiet year, but they usually are productive come playoff time. Regardless of which goalie plays, the Golden Knights should feel comfortable because both are proven, playoff goaltenders.

Minnesota Wild are viewed as the underdogs in this series, and the Wild will very likely take that to their advantage. The Wild are led offensively by Kirill Kaprizov and have a bruising checking line, which is centered by Joel Eriksson Ek.

Minnesota has a solid defensive core and a red hot goalie in Cam Talbot, which could give Colorado some issues in the series.

The Minnesota Wild is a tough opponent for Vegas, but I think they have enough firepower to win the series.

Prediction: VGK wins 4-2


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

HOW MINNESOTA WILD CAN WIN THEIR FIRST STANLEY CUP

     The Minnesota Wild have never won a Stanley Cup in their franchise history, so my mission is to transform them into a cup-winning team. To do that, they will have to make some improvements to the roster. This is how I would turn the Minnesota Wild into a Cup-winning team.


At the Expansion draft, the Minnesota Wild trade Zach Parise, 2021 1st rd pick to the Seattle Kraken for Logan Brown, 2021 3rd rd pick.

The Wild dump Zach Parise's on Seattle by including a 1st round pick in the trade.


Minnesota Wild lose Victor Rask to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion Draft.


Before the 2021 draft, two trades are made:

The Wild trade Ryan Suter, Nick Bjugstad to the Boston Bruins for Jeremy Lauzon, Connor Clifton, Jake DeBrusk, Jack Studnicka, 2022 1st round pick. The Wild retain 25% of Ryan Suter's annual cap hit until the 2024 season.

The Boston Bruins fill a much-needed hole on the left side of their defense with the addition of Ryan Suter, while the Wild get two solid young defensemen, Jake DeBrusk, Jack Studnicka, and a 1st round pick.

Minnesota Wild also trade Nick Bonino, Marcus Johansson, Ryan Hartman to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Alexandre Texier, Emil Benstrom, 2021 3rd rd pick.

The Wild get two good players in Alexandre Texier, Emil Benstrom in exchange for Nick Bonino, Marcus Johansson, and Ryan Hartman.


At the 2021 draft, Minnesota Wild trade picks 63, 89, 91 to the New York Islanders for picks 117, 2022 2nd rd pick.


2021 Draft

25-Fyodor Svechkov

57-Jack Bar

70-Samu Salminen

Minnesota Wild draft Fyodor Svechkov and Samu Salminen, two talented forwards, and Jack Bar, a solid offensive defenseman.


Minnesota Wild re-sign a few players:

Kirill Kaprizov-8yrs/7.5M per 

Kevin Fiala-6yrs/5.5M per

Joel Eriksson Ek-5yrs/3.25M per

Alexandre Texier-3yrs/2M per

Logan Brown-2yrs/1M per


All other RFAs are re-signed by the Minnesota Wild


Minnesota Wild make two key free-agent signings:

Blake Coleman-3yrs/3.75M per

Jason Demers-2yrs/3.5M per


Without Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Minnesota Wild finish miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and finishes with the 14th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, two major trades are made:

Minnesota Wild trade Matt Dumba, Marcus Foligno to the Florida Panthers for Owen Tippett, Grigori Denisenko, 2022 1st round pick.

The addition of Matt Dumba makes the Florida Panthers a legit contender to win the Stanley Cup; on the other hand, the Wild get two talented prospects in Tippett and Denisenko, as well as a 1st round pick.

The Wild also trade Jake DeBrusk and Nico Sturm to the Nashville Predators for Tanner Jeannot, 2023 3rd rd pick.

The Wild add some grit with the addition of Tanner Jeannot, while the Predators add a 3rd line scorer in Jake DeBrusk.


2022 Draft

14-Seamus Casey

27-Marco Kasper

46-Simon Forsmark

51-Danny Zhilkin

The Minnesota Wild draft two great defensive prospects in Seamus Casey and Simon Forsmark, as well as two talented forwards in Marco Kasper and Danny Zhilkin.


Minnesota Wild re-sign a few players:

Kappo Kahkonen-3yrs/3.5M per

Jordan Greenway-3yrs/2.8M per

Jeremy Lauzon-3yrs/2.75M per

Owen Tippett-2yrs/1.7M per

Emil Benstrom-2yrs/1.4M per

Jack Studnicka-3yrs/1.2M per


All other RFAs are re-signed by the Minnesota Wild


The Minnesota Wild make the playoffs in the 2022-23 season, but end up losing in the second round of the playoffs.


Before the 2023 draft, two trades are made:

Minnesota Wild trade Jared Spurgeon to the Toronto Maple Leafs for William Nylander.

This is a one-for-one trade that addresses needs for both teams.


The Wild also trade Jonas Brodin, Alexandre Texier to the Detroit Red Wings for Dennis Cholowski, 2023 2nd round pick, 2024 2nd round pick.

The Wild have some younger defenseman that can fill Brodin's spot, so they can afford to trade him to free up some cap room.


At the 2023 draft, the Minnesota Wild trade picks 25, 34 to the Montreal Canadiens for pick 15.


2023 Draft

15-Arttu Karki

Minnesota Wild draft Arttu Karki, a talented defenseman, will be a huge part of their future.


After the season, one trade is made:

Minnesota Wild trade Mats Zuccarello to the San Jose Sharks for Dylan Gambrell, Rudolfs Balcers, 2024 2nd round pick.

The Sharks get Mats Zuccarello, a solid veteran player who is still very productive, while the Wild get to fill out their depth in their lineup.


Minnesota Wild re-sign a few players:

Marco Rossi-5yrs/5.5M per

Alexander Khovanov-4yrs/3.6M per

Calen Addison-4yrs/3.5M per

Grigori Denisenko-3yrs/2.4M per

Connor Clifton-3yrs/2.3M per

Rudolfs Balcers-1yrs/1.5M per

Dylan Gambrell-1yrs/1.3M per

Dennis Cholowski-1yr deal


All other RFAs are re-signed by the Minnesota Wild


Minnesota Wild sign Ben Bishop to a 2 yr deal worth 4 million per season.


Minnesota Wild win the Stanley Cup in the 2023-24 season, beating the Florida Panthers in 6 games.


Minnesota Wild re-sign a few players:

Matthew Boldy-4yrs/4.25M per

Owen Tippett-4yrs/3.5M per


Before the 2024-25 season, one trade is made:

Minnesota Wild trade William Nylander, Dennis Cholowski to the Anaheim Ducks for 2024 1st round pick, 2025 3rd rd pick.

The Wild get a 1st and a 3rd for William Nylander and Dennis Cholowski, two players who just didn't fit well with the team.


By the 2024-25 season, the Minnesota Wild have assembled a dangerous team.



2024-25 Minnesota Wild

K.Kaprizov-A.Khovanov-G.Denisenko

M.Boldy-M.Rossi-K.Fiala

S.Salminen-F.Svechkov-O.Tippett

J.Greenway-J.Eriksson Ek-J.Studnicka

S.Forsmark-S.Casey

A.Karki-C.Addison

J.Lauzon-C.Clifton

K.Kahkonen

B.Bishop

Top Prospects: M.Kasper, J.Bar, D.Zhilkin


The Minnesota Wild have already won a Stanley Cup and are now looking to win back to back.




Tuesday, May 4, 2021

HOW VANCOUVER CANUCKS CAN WIN THEIR FIRST STANLEY CUP

 The Vancouver Canucks have been flat-out terrible this season, and they are far from being a Stanley Cup caliber team.

So I will be taking on the Challenge of rebuilding the team in an attempt to bring the first Stanley Cup to Vancouver.


Before the Expansion Draft, the Vancouver Canucks make one trade:

Vancouver Cancuks trade Braden Holtby, Brandon Sutter to the Detroit Red Wings for 2021 2nd round pick. 

Vancouver Canucks get a 2nd round pick in exchange for Braden Holtby and Brandon Sutter.


Vancouver Canucks lose Olli Juolevi to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.  

  

Before the 2021 draft, two trades are made:

Alex Edler is traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Linus Ullmark.

The Canucks and Sabres swap pending UFAs and they both fill much-needed holes on their roster with this trade.

The Canucks also trade Tanner Pearson, Jake Virtanen, Jay Beagle to the St.Louis Blues for Jordan Kyrou, Zach Sanford, 2021 3rd round pick.

This is a good deal for both teams because all players involved in the deal could use a change in scenery.

The Vancouver Canucks win the draft lottery and move up a slot in the draft.

2021 draft

3-Brandt Clarke

35-Samu Tuomaala

52-Ronan Schmidt

67-Jayden Grubbe

78-Josh Doan

The Vancouver Canucks draft 2 top-notch defensive prospects in Brandt Clarke and Ronan Schmidt, as well as three solid forwards in Samu Tuomaala, Jayden Grubbe, and Josh Doan.


After the draft, one major trade is made:


Vancouver Canucks acquire Pavel Buchnevich from the New York Rangers for Jordan Kyrou, Brogan Rafferty, 2023 2nd round pick.

The Canucks acquire Pavel Buchnevich from the Rangers to fill a much-needed void on the Right Wing alongside Elias Pettersson.


Vancouver Canucks re-sign a few players:

Linus Ullmark-5yrs/4.5M per

Elias Pettersson-3yrs/7M per

Quinn Hughes-3yrs/5M per

Pavel Buchnevich-4yrs/5M per

Zach Sanford-2yrs/1.8M per

Travis Hamonic-1yr/1.25M per

Tiro Hirose-1yr deal


Vancouver Canucks re-sign All other RFAs


Vancouver Canucks sign Casey Cizikas to a 4yr deal worth 3.5M per season, Joel Armia to a 3yr deal worth 2.8 million per season.  


The Vancouver Canucks miss the playoffs again in the 2021-22 season and finish the season with the 5th worst record in the league.


The Vancouver Canucks win the lottery again, but this team moves up 3 spots to land the 2nd pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, one trade is made:

Vancouver Canucks trade JT Miller, Nate Schmidt to the Philadelphia Flyers for Phil Myers, 2022 1st round pick.


2022 draft

2-Matthew Savoie

15-Ivan Miroshichenko

34-Simon Forsmark

The Vancouver Canucks draft Matthew Savoie, Ivan Miroshishenko, and Simon Forsmark, three terrific prospects who will be a huge part of the team in the future.


Vancouver Canucks re-sign a few players:

Brock Boeser-7yrs/6M per

Tyler Motte-3yrs/1.75M per

Matthew Highmore-1yrs/1M per


Vancouver Canucks re-sign All other RFAs


Vancouver Canucks sign Brayden McNabb to a 3 yr deal worth 3M per season.


The Vancouver Canucks make the playoffs in the 2022-23 season, but get eliminated in the 2nd round by the Edmonton Oilers.


Vancouver Canucks buy out Tyler Myers; this buyout will cost them 333k per season until 2025.


2023 draft

22-Otto Stenberg

The Vancouver Canucks draft Otto Stenberg, a dynamic point-scoring forward.


Vancouver Canucks re-sign a few players:

Bo Horvat-7yrs/6.25M per

Nils Hoglander-3yrs/3.5M per

Phil Myers-3yrs/2.75M per


Vancouver Canucks re-sign All other RFAs


The Vancouver Canucks make a deep Stanley Cup run in the 2023-24 season, only to lose in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Carolina Hurricanes.


Vancouver Canucks re-sign Elias Pettersson to an 8 yr deal worth 8.5 million per season, Quinn Hughes to an 8 yr deal worth 6.5M per season.


Vancouver Canucks re-sign All other RFAs


By the 2024-25 season, the Vancouver Canucks have put together a Stanley Cup caliber team.


2024-25 Vancouver Canucks

S.Tuomaala-E.Pettersson-P.Buchnevich

N.Hoglander-B.Horvat-B.Boeser

I.Miroshichenko-M.Savoie-J.Armia

J.Grubbe-C.Cizikas-T.Motte

B.McNabb-B.Clarke

Q.Hughes-R.Schmidt

S.Forsmark-P.Myers

T.Demko

L.Ullmark 

Top Prospects: O.Stenberg, J.Doan 


The Vancouver Canucks cruise through the 2024-25 season and win the First Stanley Cup in their franchise history.

The Vancouver Canucks have assembled a Stanley Cup caliber team that could have prolonged success.