Thursday, September 23, 2021

Why St.Louis Blues should consider Rebuilding

 The St.Louis Blues are a team that is stuck in no man's land; they aren't nearly good enough to be legit contenders, yet they aren't entirely bad enough to be a lottery team. So the most logical thing to do is to move a couple of veteran players and build from the draft. This is how I would rebuild the St.Louis Blues.




At the 2022 Trade Deadline, two major trades are made:

St.Louis Blues trade Vladimir Tarasenko to the Carolina Hurricanes for Nino Niederreiter, Ryan Suzuki, 2023 2nd round pick. If the Hurricanes make the playoffs, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

This is a great team for both teams; Carolina gets a top 6 scorer to play on the first line with Aho and Svechnikov, while the Blues get a top 6 forward in Nino Niederreiter, a solid prospect in Ryan Suzuki, and a draft pick.

The Blues also trade David Perron to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Nick Ritchie, Joseph Duszak, 1st round pick '22. St.Louis retains 1 million of David Perron's contract.

Since the Blues are rebuilding, it is best to trade David Perron to a contender since he will be a UFA at the end of the season. This is a pretty good return for a rental.


The St.Louis Blues miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 14th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, two trades are made:

St.Louis Blues trade Brayden Schenn to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Alexandre Texier, Liam Foudy, 2022 1st round pick.

The Blue Jackets get their number 1 center, while the Blues get two solid young players and a 1st round pick.

The Blues also trade Justin Faulk to the Boston Bruins for Matt Grzelcyk, Jake DeBrusk, Jack Studnicka, 2022 1st round pick.

The Bruins really need more scoring from the Back-end and Justin Faulk would be a much-needed upgrade over Matt Grzelcyk.


At the 2022 draft, St.Louis Blues trade pick 29 to the Ottawa Senators for picks 41, 64.


2022 Draft

14-Elias Salomonsson

25-Lian Bichsel

41-Miko Matikka

64-Ludwig Persson

78-David Goyette

110-Topias Leinonen

142-Ales Cech

The St.Louis Blues added some good prospects to a depleted farm system, that was one of the worst in the entire NHL.


St.Louis Blues re-sign a few players:

Nino Neiderreiter-5yrs/5.5M per

Jake DeBrusk-3yrs/3M per

Zach Sanford-2yrs/2.25M per

Liam Foudy-2yrs/1.2M per

Ville Husso-1yr deal

Niko Mikkola, Jake Wallman-1yr deals


St.Louis Blues re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs


St.Louis Blues plummet in the standings in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 8th worst record in the league.


Since the Hurricanes made the playoffs with Tarasenko, the Blues will receive their 2023 1st round pick.

2023 Draft

8-Emil Jarventie

24-Kimo Gruber

40-William Whitelaw

The Blues add three good forwards who will be an essential part of the team down the road.


St.Louis Blues re-sign a few players:

Ryan O'Reilly-8yrs/8.5M per

Robert Thomas-5yrs/4.75M per

Jordan Kyrou-3yrs/3.5M per

Jack Studnicka-2yr/1.5M per

Joel Hofer-2yr deal


St.Louis Blues re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs


St.Louis Blues miss the playoff again in the 2023-24 season and end up with the 10th worst record, luckily the blues win the draft lottery to end up with the 1st pick in the draft.


2024 Draft

1-Cole Eiserman

St.Louis Blues draft Cole Eiserman, a future star in the league.


St.Louis Blues re-sign a few players:

Liam Foudy-1yr/3M

Ryan Suzuki-2yrs/2.8M per


Before the 2024-25 season, a few trades are made:

St.Louis Blues trade Pavel Buchnevich to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Samuel Poulin, 2025 2nd round pick.

The Blues add more depth to their lineup while the Penguins add a top 6 winger in Buchnevich.

The Blues also trade Brandon Saad to the LA Kings for Samuel Helenius, Helge Grans, 2025 3rd round pick.  If the Kings make the playoffs or Saad scores 15+ goals, the 3rd round pick becomes a second-round pick. 

St.Louis continues to add more young players to fill out their lineup, while the Kings get a cagey veteran in Brandon Saad to help mentor their young core.

St.Louis Blues acquire Hampus Lindholm, Brayden Tracey from the Anaheim Ducks for Matt Grzelcyk, Alexandre Texier, Mikko Mattikka, 2026 1st round pick.

This is a tremendous trade for the St.Louis Blues and it makes them legit contenders.


By the 2024-25 season, the St.Louis Blues have put together a contending team.




2024-25 St.Louis Blues

L.Persson-R.O'Reilly-R.Suzuki

E.Jarventie-C.Eiserman-S.Poulin

B.Tracey-R.Thomas-J.Kyrou

L.Foudy-S.Helenius-J.Studnicka

H.Lindholm-E.Salomonsson

T.Krug-C.Parayko

L.Bichel-H.Grans

J.Binnington

J.Hofer

Spares: W.Whitelaw, K.Gruber, D.Goyette, T.Leinonen


This is a young and promising team that looks like it could contend for the next couple years. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Why Nashville Predators should consider Rebuilding

The Nashville Predators are a team that is stuck in no man's land, because they aren't good enough to make the playoffs, yet aren't bad enough to tank. So the best thing for them to do is trade away the players with value and rebuilding the team through the draft. This is how I would rebuild the Nashville Predators.


At the 2022 Trade deadline, two major trades are made:

Nashville Predators trade Mattias Ekholm to the New York Islanders for Kieffer Bellows, Simon Holmstrom, and a 1st round pick in 2022.

The Islanders need to improve their left defense after trading away Nick Leddy, and Mattias Ekholm would make their defense even more potent. For the Predators, they get two top prospects and a 1st round pick, which helps to accelerate the rebuild.

The Predators also trade Filip Forsberg to the New Jersey Devils for Jesper Bratt, Kevin Bahl, 2022 1st round pick. 

The Devils need to add another top 6 wingers if they are making a playoff push, and Filip Forsberg has been consistently one the best young scorers in the league. For the Predators, they get a top 9 forward in Jesper Bratt, a defensive prospect in Kevin Bahl, and a 1st round pick.


The Nashville Predators finished the 2021-22 season with the 5th worst record in the league.


Before the 2022 draft, one trade is made:

Nashville Predators trade Colton Sissons, Rocco Grimaldi to the Dallas Stars for 2022 5th round pick, a 2023 6th round pick.

The Preds manage to dump Colton Sissons contract to the Stars for two draft picks.


At the 2022 draft, Nashville Predators trade pick 37 to the Arizona Coyotes for picks 47, 57.


2022 Draft

5-Simon Nemec

18-Frank Nazar

29-Alexander Suzdalev

47-Simon Forsmark

57-Ludwig Persson

69-Marco Kasper

72-Julian Lutz

101-Tim Almgren

135-Topi Ronni

146-Joel Kjellberg

The Predators replenish their farm system; stockpiling the pipeline with a bunch of players that will take at least two years to be NHL ready.


Nashville Predators re-sign a few players:

Luke Kunin- 4yrs/4M per

Jesper Bratt-3yrs/3.5M per

Cody Glass-3yrs/2.5M per

Yakov Trenin- 3yrs/1.5M per

David Farrance-2yrs/1.5M per


Nashville Predators re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


Nashville Predators sign the Following Players in Free Agency:

Brayden McNabb-2yrs/2.5M per

Pavel Francouz-1yr/2.5M per


The Nashville Predators finish the 2022-23 season with the 8th worst record in the league but jump up in the lottery to the 3rd pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, two major trades are made:

Nashville Predators trade Ryan Johansen to the Ottawa Senators for Ridly Greig, Erik Brannstrom, and a 2023 2nd round pick.

Ryan Johansen is not the same player he once was, but he would still be a solid 2nd line center behind Josh Norris. For the Predators, they get Erik Brannstrom, who hasn't been used properly in Ottawa, Ridly Greig, one of the Sens's top prospects, and a 2nd round pick.

The Predators also trade Mikael Granlund, Dante Fabbro to the New York Rangers for Filip Chytil, Zachary Jones, 2023 2nd round pick. Nashville retains 1.5 million of Granlund's annual cap hit.

This is a win-win trade for both sides because the Rangers add a veteran forward in Mikael Granlund and a solid defenseman in Dante Fabbro, while the Predators get two good young players and a 2nd round pick.


2023 Draft

3-Adam Fantilli

40-Quentin Musty

42-Kasper Halttunen

51-Mikhail Gulyayev

The Predators add a few dynamic forwards in Adam Fantilli and Quentin Musty, along with two other solid prospects in Mikahel Gulyayev and Kasper Halttunen.


Nashville Predators re-sign a few players:

Philippe Myers-4yrs/3.85M per

Erik Brannstrom-3yrs/3.5M per

Filip Chytil-3yrs/3.25M per

Kevin Bahl-2yrs/2.5M per

Zachary Jones-2yrs/2M per

Alexandre Carrier-1yrs/2M per

Kieffer Bellows-2yrs/1.8M per

Tanner Jeannot-1 yr deal

Mattieu Oliver-1yr deal 


Nashville Predators re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


Nashville Predators sign Yaroslav Askarov to an Entry-level Contract.


At the 2024 trade deadline, one trade is made:

Nashville Predators trade Matt Duchene, 2024 1st round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for Jacob Perreault, Isac Lundestrom, and a 2025 2nd round pick.

This is a huge trade for both teams, which sees the Ducks land Matt Duchene and a 1st round pick, while the Preds get a top prospect in Jacob Perreault, Isac Lundestrom, a solid top 6 forward, and a 2nd round pick.


Nashville Predators finish the 2023-24 season with the 14th worst record in the league.


After the 2024 draft, one major trade is made:

Nashville Predators trade Juuse Saros to the Edmonton Oilers for Stuart Skinner, 2025 2nd round pick. If Juuse Saros gets 30+ wins, the 2nd round pick becomes a first-round pick.

Now that the Predators have their goalie of the future in Yaroslav Askarov, they can afford to trade Juuse Saros; Stuart Skinner is a decent backup goalie, and the Predators could get a conditional 1st round pick, depending on Saros' performance with the Oilers.


Nashville Predators re-sign the Following players:

Ridly Greig-6yrs/4.6M per

Eeli Tolvanen-4yrs/4.25M per

Zachary L'Heureux-4yrs/4M per

Jacob Perreault-3yrs/4M per

David Farrance-3yrs/3.75M per

Philip Tomasino-3yrs/3.5M per

Isac Lundestrom-2yrs/1.7M per

Simon Holmstrom-2yrs/1.3M per

Stuart Skinner-2yrs/1M per


Nashville Predators re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


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

Nashville Predators trade Cody Glass, David Farrance, 2025 1st round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Dylan Cozens, 2nd round pick 2025.

The Predators need a second-line center behind Adam Fantilli, and Dylan Cozens is an up-and-coming young center, who wasn't getting used properly in Buffalo.


By the 2024-25 season, the Nashville Predators have put together a dominant team.



2024-25 Nashville Predators

Z.L'Heureux-A.Fantilli-J.Perreault

E.Tolvanen-D.Cozens-P.Tomasino

R.Greig-F.Chytil-L.Kunin

K.Bellows-I.Lundestrom-S.Holmstrom

R.Josi-P.Myers

Z.Jones-S.Nemec

K.Bahl-E.Brannstrom

Y.Askarov

S.Skinner

Top Prospects: 

F: F.Nazar, Q.Musty, A.Suzdalev, L.Persson, M.Kasper, J.Lutz

D: S.Forsmark, M.Gulyayev

G: T.Vomacka


The Nashville Predators have assembled a young and dominant team that could contend for the next few years.


Thursday, September 9, 2021

Why Calgary Flames should Rebuild

 The Calgary Flames are a team that is stuck in mediocracy right now because they aren't quite good enough to make the playoffs, yet they also aren't bad enough to be to completely tank the season, as their team is one of the better ones in their weak division. So what the Calgary Flames should do is rebuild the team, and try to turn the team into a contender that way. This is how I would rebuild the Calgary Flames.




At the 2022 trade deadline, two trades are made:

Calgary Flames trade Johnny Gaudreau to the Philadelphia Flyers for Travis Konecny, Morgan Frost, 2022 1st round pick. 

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Flyers get an elite top 6 forward in Johnny Gaudreau, while the Flames get Travis Konecny, who has been misused at times by the Flyers, Morgan Frost, one of their top prospects and a 1st round pick.

The Flames also trade Nikita Zadorov, Andrew Mangiapane to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Ilya Mikheyev, 2023 2nd rd pick. Calgary retains 50% of Zadorov's contract.

The Maple Leafs are in the last dance situation, so it would make sense to add some depth players to their lineup like Nikita Zadorov and Andrew Mangiapane. For Calgary, they get Ilya Mikheyev, who really hasn't been got much playing time in Toronto, and a 2nd round pick.


Calgary Flames miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and finish the season with the 10th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, a few trades are made

Calgary Flames trade Sean Monahan to the Arizona Coyotes for Cameron Crotty, 2022 1st round pick (from COL), 2022 2nd round pick (from NYI)

This is a win-win trade for both teams; the Coyotes get a legit number 1 center, while the Flames get a 1st and second-round pick in the 2022 draft. Calgary also wants to get Cameron Crotty, a very solid defensive prospect.

The Flames also trade Mikael Backlund to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Alexandre Texier, 2022 3rd round pick, 2023 3rd round pick.

Columbus adds a veteran 2nd or 3rd line center in Mikael Backlund, while the Flames get Alexander Texier, a solid young player, and two 3rd round picks.

Noah Hanifin is traded to the Florida Panthers for Grigori Denisenko, Aleksi Heponiemi, 2023 2nd rd pick.

The Panthers need a left defenseman desperately, while the Flames have too many left Defenseman, so this is a win-win trade for both teams.


2022 draft

10-Jack Hughes

19-Joakim Kemell

32-Alexander Suzdalev

42-Maveric Lamoureux

57-Marco Kasper

58-Simon Forsmark

63-Elmeri Laakso

96-Topias Leinonen

138-Cole Knuble

The Calgary Flames re-stock their farm system, adding the best player available at every position when they drafted.


Calgary Flames re-sign the following players:

Matthew Tkachuk-7yrs / 7.5M per

Ilya Mikheyev-2yrs / 1.75M per

Morgan Frost-2yrs / 1.5M per

Aleksi Heponiemi-2yrs / 1M per


Calgary Flames re-sign all non-roster RFAs


At the 2023 trade deadline, one trade is made:

Calgary Flames trade Milan Lucic to the Boston Bruins for Jake DeBrusk.

This trade makes sense for both teams; Boston brings back Milan Lucic to Boston, where he had the best years of his career, while Jake DeBrusk gets a fresh start with the flames, and gets a chance to prove himself as a legit top 6 forward.


Calgary Flames finish the 2022-23 season and end up with the 7th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, one trade is made:

Calgary Flames trade Chris Tanev to the Washington Capitals for 2023 2nd round pick, 2024 4th round pick.

The Capitals need a veteran defenseman pair alongside Dmitry Orlov on the second pair, and Chris Tanev seems like a perfect fit for that role. On the flip side of the trade, Calgary gets a pair of draft picks and unloads Tanev's contract.


At the 2023 draft, Calgary Flames trade picks 55, 57, 69, 71 to the St. Louis Blues for pick 22.


2023 draft

7-Hunter Brzutewicz

22-Alex Ciernik

Calgary drafted two blue-chip prospects in Hunter Brzutewicz and Alex Ciernik, both should be an important part of their core in the future.


Calgary Flames re-sign a few players:

Grigori Denisenko-3yrs / 2.8M per

Alexandre Texier-3yrs / 2.5M per

Cameron Crotty-3yrs / 1.7M per


Calgary Flames re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs


At the 2024 trade deadline, one major trade is made

Calgary Flames trade Rasmus Andersson, Dillon Dube to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Liam Foudy, Andrew Peeke, 2025 2nd round pick.

The Flames continue to overhaul their team, moving Rasmus Andersson and Dillon Dube to Columbus for Liam Foudy, Andrew Peeke, and a 2nd round pick. Columbus gets a top 4, offensive defenseman, while Calgary gets two solid young players, who were misused in Columbus, and a 2nd round pick.


Calgary Flames miss the playoffs once again in the 2024-25 season and end up with the 12th worst record.

Before the 2024 draft, two major trade is made:

Calgary Flames Elias Lindholm to the Winnipeg Jets for Cole Perfetti.

This is a simple one-for-one trade that sees the jets acquire Elias Lindholm, who would serve as their second-line center. As for the Flames, Cole Perfetti is a rising star in the league and could have a breakout year.

Calgary also trades Blake Coleman, 2024 2nd round pick to the Colorado Avalanche for Tyson Jost, JT Compher.

Colorado is in win-now mode, so it would make sense for them to try to trade for a player like Blake Coleman; as for the Flames, they get two solid role players in Tyson Jost and JT Compher, while also getting out of the Blake Coleman contract.


Calgary luck out in the draft lottery, and land the 2nd pick in the 2024 draft.


2024 draft

2-Cole Eiserman

Calgary Flames land Cole Eiserman, a potential superstar in the league.


Calgary Flames re-sign a few players:

Cole Perfetti-5yrs / 5.5M per

Morgan Frost-3yrs / 2M per

Liam Foudy-2yrs / 1.1M per

Aleksi Heponiemi-2yrs / 900k per


Calgary Flames re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


By the 2024-25 season, Calgary Flames have assembled a contending team once again.




2024-25 Calgary Flames

M.Tkachuk-C.Perfetti-J.Kemell

J. Pelletier-C. Zary-T. Konecny

A.Texier-J.Hughes-G.Denisenko

T.Jost-M.Frost-JT.Compher

S. Formark-H Brzutewicz

J. Valimaki-C. Crotty

C. Mackey-A. Peeke

J. Markstrom

D.Vladar

Spares: L. Foudy, A. Heponiemi, O. Kylington

Top prospects:

F: C.Eiserman, A.Suzdalev, M.Kasper, A.Ciernik

D: M. Lamoreux, E. Laakso

G: T. Leinonen


This is a young and talented team that could dominate the league for the next decade.