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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

What New York Islanders Need to do in the Offseason

 The New York Islanders are an aging team that desperately needs to overhaul their roster by moving out some of their overpaid veterans, and replacing them with younger players with more potential. The biggest weakness the Islanders have is on defense, and they really need to improve that if they are to contend next season. This is what the New York Islanders should do in the offseason.




Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made

New York Islanders trade Josh Bailey to the Nashville Predators for Eeli Tolvanen, Jeremy Lauzon, 3rd round pick '22.

If Filip Forsberg doesn't return to Nashville, the Predators should try to add a veteran winger like Josh Bailey to boost their offense.

The Islanders also trade Semyon Varlamov to the Buffalo Sabres for 4th round pick '22, 6th round pick '23. If the Sabres make the playoffs, the Islanders get a 2023 2nd-round pick.

The Islanders unload Varlamov's contract, while the Sabres get their number 1 goalie.

The Isles also trade Kieffer Bellows, Cal Clutterbuck, and 2nd round pick '22 are traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rasmus Sandin.

The Maple Leafs add some depth players and a draft pick, while the Islanders get Rasmus Sandin, a young defenseman, who hasn't been used properly.


2022 Draft

13-Brad Lambert

78-Alexander Suzdalev

84-Jack Devine

106-Simon Forsmark

142-Arseni Koromyslov

174-Luke Devlin

The Islanders add 2 centers, 2 wingers, and 2 defensemen in the draft, which helps to improve their prospect pool.


New York Islanders re-sign the following Players:

Noah Dobson-5yrs/5.5M per

Rasmus Sandin-2yrs/1.7M per


New York Islanders sign the following free agents:

Rickard Rakell-4yrs/4.5M per

Jaroslav Halak-1yr/1M 

All Non-Roster RFAs are Re-signed


This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 New York Islanders



A.Lee-M.Barzal-R.Rakell

A.Beauvillier-B.Nelson-K.Palmieri

E.Tolvanen-JG.Pageau-O.Wahlstrom

Z.Parise-C.Cizikas-M.Martin

A.Pelech-R.Pulock

J.Lauzon-N.Dobson

R.Sandin-S.Mayfield

I.Sorokin

J.Halak

Top Prospects:

F: B.Lambert, A.Raty, S.Holmstrom, A.Suzdalev, W.Dufour, J.Devine, L.Devlin

D: S.Forsmark, A.Koromyslov


With the moves made here, the Islanders not only have a good team now but are in better position for the future.


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

What Winnipeg Jets Need to do this Offseason

The Winnipeg Jets are a team that is no man's land right because they aren't good enough to contend yet they aren't bad enough to be in the lottery. So what they should do is trade away some of their veterans for prospects and picks to start the rebuild. This is what the Winnipeg Jets need to do this offseason.




Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made


Winnipeg Jets trade Blake Wheeler to the New York Rangers for Kappo Kakko, Nils Lundkvist, and 2023 1st round pick.

This is a win win trade for both teams, and it gives Blake Wheeler a chance to go win a Stanley Cup.


Mark Scheifele is traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Isac Lundestrom, Jacob Perreault, 2022 1st round pick.

This trade helps improve both teams significantly, and helps the Jets rebuild quickly.


Adam Lowry, Nate Schmidt are traded to the Dallas Stars for Ty Dellandrea, a 2022 2nd-round pick.

The Jets unload Nate Schmidt and Adam Lowry's contracts for Ty Dellandrea and a 2nd round pick.


Brenden Dillon is traded to the Detroit Red Wings for 2022 2nd round pick.

The Jets don't need Brenden Dillon anymore, so he is dealt for a draft pick.


At the 2022 Draft, Winnipeg Jets trade picks 46, 50, and 52 to the Arizona Coyotes for picks 35 and 68.


2022 Draft

14-Danila Yurov

22-Denton Mateychuk

30-Tristan Luneau

35-Adam Ingram

55-Gleb Trikozov

68-Devin Kaplan

77-Cruz Lucius

100-Kasper Kulonummi

175-Jere Lassila

207-Braden Holt

214-Charlie Leddy

The Winnipeg Jets draft 2 centers, 4 wingers, 4 defensemen and 1 goalie in the 2022 draft


Winnipeg Jets re-sign the following players:


Pierre Luc-Dubois-7yrs/6M per

Isac Lundestrom-2yrs/2.8M per

Kappo Kakko-2yrs/2.5M per

Eric Comrie-2yrs/1.5M per

Evgeny Svechnikov-1yr/1M

Jansen Harkins-2yrs/800k


Winnipeg Jets re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


Winnipeg Jets sign Nick Paul to a 5 yr deal worth 4 million per season


Winnipeg Hires Jeff Blashill as their new Head coach.



This is how the lineup looks like next season




K.Connor-C.Perfetti-J.Perreault

N.Ehlers-P-L.Dubois-K.Kakko

N.Paul-I.Lundestrom-T.Dellandrea

J.Harkins-D.Doninato-E.Svechnikov

J.Morrissey-N.Lundkvist

D.Samberg-N.Pionk

V.Heinola-D.DeMelo

C.Hellebuyck

E.Comrie


Top Prospects:

F: D.Yurov, A.Ingram, G.Trikozov, D.Kaplan,Ch.Lucius, Cr.Lucius, J.Lassila

D: D.Mateychuk, T.Luneau, K.Kulonummi, C.Leddy

G: B.Holt


With the moves made here, the Winnipeg Jets have quickly rebuilt the team and perhaps may contend as soon as 2023-24.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

What Florida Panthers Need to do in the Offseason

The Florida Panthers have 10 free agents this offseason but only have 3 million in cap space left to re-sign those free agents. So if they are to re-sign any of those free agents, they will have to be clever and move around some big contracts. This is what the Florida Panthers should do in the offseason.



Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made


Florida Panthers trade Sergei Bobrovsky to the Edmonton Oilers for Jesse Puljujarvi, Carter Savoie, and a 2023 3rd-round pick. If the Oilers make the Conference Finals, the 3rd-round pick becomes a 1st-round pick. Florida retains 50% of Bobrovsky's contract.

Even though Bobrovsky had a phenomenal season this year, it is best to trade him now because his contract will only get worse as he gets older.


Claude Giroux is traded to the Ottawa Senators for 3rd round pick '22. If Giroux Signs with the Senators, the Panthers get a 2023 2nd-round pick.

Claude Giroux has been linked with Ottawa for a while now, so Florida trades his rights to Florida to the Senators for a 3rd round pick. 


The Panthers also trade Patric Hornqvist and Grigori Denisenko to the Nashville Predators for Cody Glass.

The Panthers dump Hornqvist's contract at the cost of Grigori Denisenko, but they do get back Cody Glass, a good young prospect.

Anthony Duclair and Mason Marchment are traded to the Winnipeg Jets for Dylan Samberg.

The Panthers don't need Anthony Duclair anymore with the acquisition of Jesse Puljujarvi, so he is traded along with pending UFA Mason Marchment for prospect defenseman, Dylan Samberg.


At the 2022 draft, the Florida Panthers trade picks 186 and 189 to the Dallas Stars for picks 179, 2023 6th round picks.

2022 Draft

72-Artem Duda

93-Aleksanteri Kaskimaki

125-Antonin Verreault

157-Radislav Elias

179-Luke Devlin

221-Charlie Leddy

Florida Panthers drafted 2 centers, 1 winger, 2 defensemen, and a 1 goaltender to improve their depleted prospect pool.


Florida Panthers re-sign the following players:

Jesse Puljujarvi-3yrs/3.5M per

Eetu Luostarainen-3yrs/1.75M per

Dylan Samberg-2yrs/1.1M per

Cody Glass-2yrs/925k per


Florida re-signs ALL Non-roster RFAs


The Panthers sign the Following Free Agents:

Casey DeSmith-3yrs/2.75M per

Vladislav Namestnikov-1yr/2.25M

Tyler Motte-3yrs/1.5M per


This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Florida Panthers



C.Verhaeghe-A.Barkov-J.Puljujarvi

J.Huberdeau-S.Bennett-S.Reinhart

V.Namestnikov-A.Lundell-C.Glass

R.Lomberg-E.Luostarainen-T.Motte

M.Weegar-A.Ekblad

D.Samberg-G.Forsling

B.Montour-R.Gudas

S.Knight

C.DeSmith

Top Prospects:

F: C.Savoie, A.Kaskimaki, A.Verreault, L.Devlin

D: A.Duda, C.Leddy

G: R.Elias


With the moves made here, the Florida Panthers have Assembled a team that could contend for a the Stanley Cup.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

What Anaheim Ducks Need to do this Offseason

 The Anaheim Ducks are a rebuilding team now but if they make the right moves, they will be a contending team very soon. This is what the Anaheim Ducks should do this offseason.



Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made


Anaheim Ducks trade John Gibson to the Buffalo Sabres for Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Dylan Cozens, Jacob Bryson, 2022 1st round pick (16).

The Ducks get a massive haul in exchange for John Gibson, which sees them get a top goaltender prospect, a really good young player in Dylan Cozens, Jacob Bryson, and the 16th pick in the 2022 Draft.

The Ducks also trade Adam Henrique and Sonny Milano to the Minnesota Wild for Brandon Duhaime, a 2022 3rd round pick, and a conditional 2024 3rd round pick.  If Minnesota makes the second round of the playoffs, the 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick. Anaheim retains 1.25 million of Adam Henrique's annual cap hit.

This trade is more about moving Henrique off the roster so their young players can get more ice time next season.

Jacob Silfverberg and Kevin Shattenkirk are traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Martin Necas and Ethan Bear.

This is a good trade for both teams because Anaheim wants to move their veteran players, while Carolina can use players like Silfverberg and Shattenkirk.

Anaheim also trades Max Jones and Derek Grant to the Florida Panthers for a 2022 5th round pick and a 2023 7th-round pick. 

The Ducks move some more players off their roster for some draft picks.


2022 Draft

10-Frank Nazar

16-Liam Ohgren

22-Noah Ostlund

42-Seamus Casey

53-Filip Bystedt

89-Simon Forsmark

107-Jace Weir

139-Tyler Duke

154-Vsevolod Komarov

157-Radislav Elias

178-Luke Devlin

222-Noah Greuter

Anaheim Ducks draft 4 Centers, 2 wingers, 5 defensemen, and 1 goalie in the 2022 draft, which improves their already stacked prospect pool.


Anaheim Ducks re-sign the following players:

Martin Necas-3yrs/3M per

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen-3yrs/2.8M per

Ethan Bear-2yrs/2.8M per

Urho Vaakanainen-2yrs/1.8M per

Isac Lundestrom-2yrs/1.75M per

Sam Steel-2yrs/1.5M per

Jacob Bryson-2yrs/1.1M per


Anaheim Ducks re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


Anaheim Ducks sign the following free agents:

Ilya Mikheyev-3yrs/3.5M per



This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Anaheim Ducks




I.Lundestrom-T.Zegras-J.Perreault

I.Mikheyev-M.McTavish-M.Necas

B.Tracey-D.Cozens-T.Terry

M.Comtois-S.Steel-B.Duhaime

U.Vaakanainen-J.Drysdale

J.Mahura-C.Fowler

J.Bryson-E.Bear

U-P.Luukkonen

A.Stolarz

Top Prospects:

F: F.Nazar, S.Pastujov, L.Ohgren, N.Ostlund, F.Bystedt, B-O.Groulx, L.Devlin, 

D: O.Zellweger, S.Casey, S.Forsmark, T.Duke, A.Andersson, J.Weir, V.Komarov

G: L.Dostal, C.Clang, R.Elias


The Anaheim Ducks have built a great young team, they might not make the playoffs next season, but for sure can be contenders in two to three years.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

What Edmonton Oilers need to do in the Offseason

The Edmonton Oilers reached the Conference Finals this year, which shows progress, but they still have lots to improve on and not too much cap room. The Objective for the Oilers this offseason should be to move some of their higher-paid veterans and acquire a goalie. This is what the Edmonton Oilers should do in the offseason.



Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made


Edmonton Oilers trade Jesse Puljujarvi and Warren Foegele to the Detroit Red Wings for Robby Fabbri and Filip Zadina. Detroit Retains 1.25 million of Robby Fabbri's annual cap hit.

This is a good trade for both teams, as it gives both teams what they need and all players involved get a change in scenery.

The Oilers also trade Kailer Yamamoto to the Nashville Predators for Luke Kunin, 3rd round pick '22.

The Oilers might not be able to afford Kailer Yamamoto, so they ship him off to the Predators for Luke Kunin and a draft pick

Tyson Barrie is traded to the Seattle Kraken for 2nd round pick '22.

This could end up being a steal for the Kraken as Barrie is a player who had more than 40 points the last two seasons, to get him for just a 2nd round pick is a steal, but Edmonton needs the cap space.

Zack Kassian, 1st round pick '22 to the Montreal Canadiens for Jake Allen, 2nd round pick '22.

The Oilers dump Zack Kassian's contract by including their first-round pick from this year, while also getting Jake Allen and Montreal's 2nd round pick back, this is a fantastic trade for both sides.

Mike Smith is traded to the Arizona Coyotes for 5th round pick '22.

Since the Oilers are retooling their goaltenders, they trade Mike Smith to the Coyotes for a draft pick.


2022 Draft

58-Matyas Sapovaliv

62-Calle Odelius

84-Topias Leinonen

132-Connor Kurth

158-Vsevolod Komarov

190-Tim Almgren

The Oilers didn't have much to work with in terms of draft picks, but they make the most of it and added some much need depth to the farm system.


Edmonton Oilers re-sign a few players:

Luke Kunin-4yrs/3M per

Brett Kulak-3yrs/2M per

Filip Zadina-2yrs/1.8M per

Tyler Motte-3yrs/1.75M per

Ryan McLeod-2yrs/1.2M per

Josh Archibald-2yrs/800k per


Edmonton Oilers re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


This is how the lineup looks like next season



Z.Hyman-C.McDavid-L.Kunin

R.Fabbri-L.Draisaitl-F.Zadina

D.Holloway-R.Nugent-Hopkins-D.Ryan

J.Archibald-R.McLeod-T.Motte

D.Nurse-C.Ceci

D.Keith-E.Bouchard

P.Broberg-B.Kulak

J.Allen

S.Skinner


Although the goaltending and defense is still not ideal, this is the best you can do given the cap situation the Oilers are in this offseason.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

What Buffalo Sabres need to do in the Offseason

The Buffalo Sabres showed steps of improvement this season, but they are still far from being a playoff team especially in a tough Atlantic division. If Buffalo wants to be competitive in their division, they will need to improve their roster drastically in both the draft and in free agency. This is what I would do if I were GM of the Buffalo Sabres.




Before the 2022 Draft, two trades are made

Buffalo Sabres trade Victor Olofsson, Dustin Tokarski to the Vegas Golden Knights for Evgeni Dadonov, Laurent Brossoit, Brendan Brisson, 2022 2nd round pick.

The Golden Knights are in win-now mode but they don't have much cap left and they need to dump both Dadonov and Brossoit's contracts, so for them to be able to get Olofsson in this deal is an added bonus. For Buffalo, they are banking on Dadonov having a bounceback season, Brendan Brisson to be a solid prospect down the road, and the scouts to draft someone to help the team in the 2nd round.

The Sabres also trade Colin Miller, Vinnie Hinostroza to the Washington Capitals for a 2022 6th round pick and a 2023 7th round pick.

The Sabres traded away two pending UFAs in Colin Miller and Vinnie Hinostroza for two draft picks.


2022 Draft

9-Joakim Kemell

16-Isaac Howard

32-Ryan Chesley

41-Seamus Casey

48-Bryce McConnell-Barker

73-David Goyette

105-Ian Blomquist

130-Elmeri Laakso

169-Dmitri Buchelnikov

189-Ludwig Persson

201-Kevin Reidler

The Buffalo Sabres draft 2 centers, 2 Left-wingers, 2 right-wingers, 3 defensemen and 2 goalies in the 2022 draft to boost their prospect pool.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign the following players:

Ukko-Pekka Luukonen-2yrs/2M per

Jacob Bryson-2yrs/1.7M per

Arttu Ruostalainen-2yrs/925k per


Buffalo Sabres sign the following free agents:

Johnny Gaudreau-7yrs/11.5M per

Josh Manson-4yrs/4M per

Martin Jones-1yr/2M 


This is how the lineup looks like next season



2022-23 Buffalo Sabres


J.Gaudreau-C.Mittelstadt-J.Skinner

P.Krebs-T.Thompson-A.Tuch

R.Asplund-D.Cozens-E.Dadonov

A.Bjork-Z.Girgensons-K.Okposo

M.Samuelsson-R.Dahlin

O.Power-J.Manson

J.Bryson-H.Jokiharju

U-P.Luukkonen

M.Jones

Top Prospects:

F: J.Quinn, J.Kemell, I.Howard, JJ.Peterka, B.McConnell-Barker, D.Goyette, B.Brisson, D.Buchelnikov, L.Persson

D: R.Chesley, S.Casey, E.Laakso

G: I.Blomquist, K.Reidler


With the moves made here, the Buffalo Sabres have not only made themselves better for next season, but for the next decade.


Thursday, May 26, 2022

What Philadelphia Flyers Need to do in the Offseason

The Philadelphia Flyers are in rebuild mode now, so you can expect them to be very active in making transactions this offseason. Philadelphia should try and trade away any players that have trade value for picks and prospects and build the team up from scratch. This is what the Philadelphia Flyers should do this offseason.



Before the 2022 draft, a few trades are made


Philadelphia Flyers trade Cam Atkinson to the Vancouver Canucks for Conor Garland, Michael DiPietro, Danila Klimovich, and a conditional 2024 1st round pick. The Flyers will get Vancouver's 2024 1st round pick if Cam Atkinson scores 25 or more goals in either of the next two seasons.

This is a good trade for both teams because the Canucks get rid of Conor Garland's contract while, while adding a legit top 6 forward in Cam Atkinson; for the Flyers, they get two solid prospects in Michael DiPietro and Danila Klimovich, and a potential 1st round pick alongside Conor Garland in the deal. 


The Flyers also trade Travis Konecny to the Carolina Hurricanes for Jack Drury, Ryan Suzuki, 2nd round pick '23. If Carolina makes it to the 2nd round of the playoffs, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

The Hurricanes are likely going to lose Nino Niederreiter in free agency, this would be an affordable price for a solid top 6 forward; for the Flyers, they get two good prospects in Jack Drury and Ryan Suzuki and a 2nd round pick, which can become a 1st round pick.


Travis Sanheim and Scott Laughton are traded to the Seattle Kraken for three 2022 2nd-round picks.

This is an excellent trade for the Seattle Kraken, who immediately improve their team with two NHL-caliber players for three draft picks; for Philly, they get three 2nd round picks, which will give them the opportunity to improve their prospect pool.


James Van Riemsdyk is traded to the Anaheim Ducks for 3rd round pick '23, conditional 2023 2nd round pick.

Since the Flyers are going through a youth movement of sorts, it makes sense to move JVR for what they can. For the Ducks, it is a good veteran player to be adding to young team that lacks veteran presence after the retirement of Getzlaf.


2022 Draft

5-Simon Nemec

49-Filip Bystedt

60-Ryan Greene

64-Gleb Trikozov

69-Alexander Suzdalev

101-Filip Nordberg

133-Fabian Wagner

165-Kasper Larsen

197-Charlie Leddy

Philadelphia Flyers add 2 Centers, 3 wingers, and 4 defensemen, going for a balanced draft, and improving the team's prospect pool in the process.


Philadelphia Flyers re-sign the following players:

Owen Tippett-2yrs/1.5M per

Morgan Frost-2yrs/1.5M per

Michael DiPietro-2yrs/900k per

Patrick Brown-2yrs/850k per

Noah Cates-2yrs/800k per




This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Philadelphia Flyers



J.Farabee-S.Coutierier-O.Tippett

O.Lindblom-K.Hayes-C.Garland

M.Frost-R.Suzuki-J.Drury

N.Cates-P.Brown-


I.Provorov-S.Nemec

C.York-R.Ristolainen

N.Seeler-R.Attard


C.Hart

I.Fedotov


IR: R.Ellis

Top Prospects:

F: B.Brink, T.Foerster, S.Tuomaala, F.Bystedt, R.Greene, R.Greene, G.Trikozov, A.Suzdalev, F.Wagner

D: F.Nordberg, K.Larsen, C.Leddy

G: M.DiPietro, S.Ersson


With the moves made here, the Flyers are now in postion to be in the lottery again next year and at the same time set themselves up very well for right now.


Saturday, May 21, 2022

WHAT PITTSBURGH PENGUINS NEED TO DO IN THE OFFSEASON

 The Pittsburgh Penguins have a tough offseason upcoming because they 6 major UFAs and 2 RFAs to resign and they only have about $29 million to do so. To make things tougher for the Penguins they don't have any of players in the system that can replace those players. Here is what I would do if I were GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins.



Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made


Pittsburgh Penguins trade Evgeni Malkin and Kasperi Kapanen to the Minnesota Wild for Kevin Fiala, Fredrick Gaudreau, 1st round pick '22.

This is a win-win trade for both teams; Minnesota gets a top-line center in Evgeni Malkin to pair with Kirill Kaprizov, as well as Kasperi Kapanen to replace Kevin Fiala, while the Penguins get Kevin Fiala, a top 6 winger, Fredrick Gaudreau, an underrated center, and a 1st round pick.


The Penguins also trade Kris Letang to the Montreal Canadiens for Kaiden Guhle, Ryan Poehling, Joshua Roy, 2nd round pick '22, 1st round pick '23.

Montreal gets Kris Letang to be their top pair defenseman, which would be a huge blow for Pittsburgh but at the same time they did get some nice pieces in Ryan Poehling, top prospects Kaiden Guhle and Joshua Roy, as well as a 1st and 2nd round pick.


Jason Zucker, Brian Dumoulin are traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Tanner Pearson, 3rd round pick '22.

This is mostly a cap dump for the Penguins, which saves the Penguins 6.35 million in cap space. In addition, this trade addresses the positional needs of both teams, the Penguins need goal-scoring, while the Canucks need better defense.


At the 2022 Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins trade picks 21, and 33 to the Buffalo Sabres for picks 16, and 41.

2022 Draft

16-Jimmy Snuggerud

27-Rugter McGroarty 

41-Seamus Casey

79-Topi Ronni

117-Marcel Marcel

149-Elmeri Laakso

181-Elias Pettersson

The Penguins improved their dreadful prospect pool a bit with the additions of three former USNTDP players: Jimmy Snuggerud, Rugter McGroarty, and Seamus Casey. They also added Topi Ronni and Marcel Marcel, who are big forwards, who could play a depth role on the team down the road, and two defensemen in Elmeri Laakso and Elias Pettersson.


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign the following players:


Kevin Fiala-8yrs/7.5M per

Bryan Rust-5yrs/6M per

Danton Heinen-1yr/1.1M

Louis Domingue-1yr/750k


All Non-Roster RFAs are re-signed


Pittsburgh Penguins sign the following players in Free Agency:

John Klingberg-6yrs/6.5M Per

Andrew Copp-6yrs/5M per


This is how the lineup looks like next season



2022-23 Pittsburgh Penguins




J.Guentzel-S.Crosby-B.Rust

A.Copp-F.Gaudreau-K.Fiala

T.Pearson-J.Carter-D.Heinen

R.Poehling-T.Blueger-B.McGinn


M.Matheson-J.Klingberg

K.Guhle-J.Marino

M.Petterson-C.Ruhwedel


T.Jarry

L.Domingue


The Pittsburgh Penguins can still remain a competitive team in the Eastern Conference with the moves they made here, and didn't have to overpay 35 year old veterans.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

What Ottawa Senators should do in the Offseason

 The Ottawa Senators have been rebuilding for a few years now, and that trend will continue this offseason, as they try to build a contending team through the draft. In addition, they will also be adding some key free agents as well. This is what the Ottawa Senators should do in the offseason.



Before the 2022 Draft, Ottawa Senators make a few trades are made

Ottawa Senators trade Chris Tierney, Michael Del Zotto to the Seattle Kraken for 4th round pick '22, 5th round pick '23

Seattle get Chris Tierney and Michael Del Zotto from Ottawa in exchange for two draft picks


The Senators also acquire Alex Killorn from Tampa Bay Lightning for Dylan Gambrell, Austin Watson, Lassi Thomson, 2nd round pick '22.

The Lightning needs to move some salaries, and Alex Killorn is one of their cap casualties. For Ottawa, they will be getting a solid veteran forward who will help mentor their young players.


Adam Gaudette and Victor Mete are traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for 5th round pick '23, 6th round pick '24.

The Senators trade away Gaudette and Mete for two draft picks, so they can clear roster spots that could be better used on other players.


Ottawa also trades Artem Zub and Nick Holden to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Liam Foudy, 3rd round pick '23.

The Senators trade two top 6 defensemen to the Blue Jackets for Liam Foudy, who could fit well as their fourth-line center and a 3rd round pick.


2022 Draft

7-Brad Lambert

39-Seamus Casey

71-Aleksanteri Kaskimaki

87-Topi Ronni

103-Michael Mastodomenico

125-Daniil Ivanov

135-Ludvig Jansson

142-Fabian Wagner

151-Devin Kaplan

167-Niklas Kokko

203-Charlie Leddy

205-Noah Greuter

Ottawa Senators draft 3 Centers, 3 Wingers, 5 Defenseman, and 1 goalie in the 2022 Draft to add to their already stacked prospect pool.


Ottawa Senators re-sign the following players:

Josh Norris-8yrs/8M per

Erik Branstrom-2yrs/2.5M per

Alex Formenton-2yrs/1.75M per

Mathieu Joseph-2yr/1.5M per

Liam Foudy-2yrs/850k per


Ottawa Senators sign the following players in free agency:

Claude Giroux-5yrs/8M per

Josh Manson-4yrs/3.5M per


This is how the Ottawa Senators' lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Ottawa Senators







B.Tkachuk-J.Norris-D.Batherson

A.Formenton-T.Stutzle-C.Giroux

A.Killorn-S.Pinto-C.White

K.Parker-L.Foudy-M.Joseph

T.Chabot-T.Hamonic

J.Sanderson-J.Manson

E.Brannstrom-N.Zaitsev

M.Murray

A.Forsberg


Top Prospects: 

F: B.Lambert, R.Greig, T.Boucher, A.Kaskimaki, T.Ronni, F.Wagner, D.Kaplan, N.Greuter

D: J.Bernard-Docker, S.Casey, M.Mastodomenico, D.Ivanov, L.Jansson, C.Leddy

G: M.Sogaard, L.Merilainen, N.Kokko


If the Ottawa Senators make the right moves, they could assembled a team that has potential to make a push for the playoffs next season.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

What Detroit Red Wings Need to do in the Offseason

 The Detroit Red Wings are having a disappointing season, but they can turn it around in the offseason, and build to be better next season.  These are the moves that I would make if I were GM of the Detroit Red Wings.



Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made


Detroit Red Wings trade Filip Zadina to the Arizona Coyotes for 1st round pick '22

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Coyotes get a potential top 6 winger, while the Red Wings get Colorado's 1st round pick from this year's draft.


Robby Fabbri and Jordan Oesterle are traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Ilya Mikheyev and Ilya Lyubushkin. If Neither of these players re-signs with Detroit, they get a 2023 3rd-round pick. Detroit retains 1.5 million of Robby Fabbri's Contract for the duration of it.

This is basically a cap dump for the Red Wings, and for the Maple Leafs, they get two players to help the roster for two pending UFAs.


The Red Wings also trade Dan DeKeyser to the Anaheim Ducks for Jacob Larsson and a 2022 6th round pick. If DeKeyser re-signs with Anaheim, Detroit gets a conditional 4th round pick '23.

The Red Wings get something for a pending UFA in Dan DeKeyser, so they don't lose him for nothing.


Detroit also trades Oskar Sundqvist, Jake Walman, 3rd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Mattias Samuelsson.

Mattias Samuelsson will give the Red Wings a solid defensive defenseman to pair alongside Moritz Seider, while the Sabres add two solid depth players and a 3rd round pick.


At the 2022 Draft, the Detroit Red Wings trade pick 53 to the Nashville Predators for picks 82, 83, 146.


2022 Draft

8-Brad Lambert

32-Adam Ingram

40-Seamus Casey

82-Simon Forsmark

83-Miko Matikka

104-Kasper Kulonummi

112-Elmeri Laakso

127-Ludvig Jansson

136-Dominik Rymon

146-Julian Lutz

178-Niklas Kokko

200-Noah Grueter

Detroit Red Wings add 7 forwards, 5 defensemen, and 1 goalie with the 13 picks that they have in the 2022 draft.


Detroit Red Wings sign the following free agents:

Rickard Rakell-3yrs/4.75M per

Andrew Copp-5yrs/4M per

Justin Schultz-2yrs/4M per

Ben Chiarot-4yrs/3.6M per

Ilya Mikheyev-3yrs/3M per

Casey DeSmith-2yrs/2.5M per

Noel Acciari-3yrs/1.7M per

Ilya Lyubushkin-2yrs/1.5M per


This is what the Lineup looks like at the beginning of next season:


2022-23 Detroit Red Wings



T.Bertuzzi-D.Larkin-L.Raymond

J.Vrana-A.Copp-R.Rakell

J.Veleno-P.Suter-I.Mikheyev

A.Erne-M.Rasmussen-N.Acciari

M.Samuelsson-M.Seider

B.Chiarot-F.Hronek

S.Edvinsson-I.Lyubushkin

A.Nedeljkovic

C.DeSmith

Top Prospects:

F: B.Lambert, J.Berggren, A.Ingram, M.Matikka, D.Rymon, J.Lutz, N.Greuter

D: A.Johansson, S.Casey, S.Forsmark, K.Kulonummi, E.Laakso, L.Jansson

G: S.Cossa, N.Kokko


The Detroit Red Wings have put together a solid team that might still miss the playoffs but are headed in the right direction.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Podcast 159-2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Updated Western Conference Playoffs Matchups

The Western Conference Playoffs picture has changed since my podcast was earlier released on Friday.

Here are the updated Western Conference Matchups:



Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators





Key Players:

COL: N.MacKinnon, M.Rantanen, G.Landeskog, N.Kadri, A.Burakovsky, A.Lehkonen, V.Nichushkin, C.Makar, D.Toews, S.Girard, J.Manson

NSH: F.Forsberg, M.Duchene, R.Johansen, M.Granlund, L.Kunin, C.Sissons, T.Trenin, R.Josi, M.Ekholm, D.Fabbro, A.Carrier

X-Factors: COL-A.Newhook, NSH-P.Tomasino

Goalie Matchup: D.Kuemper vs D.Rittich


The Colorado Avalanche faced the Nashville Predators 4 times in the regular season, but they only managed to win 1 game against the Predators. It's a good thing that Colorado has home-ice advantage because the Avs have allowed an average of 5 goals against on the road in the season series with Nashville.

Colorado faced Nashville 6 times in the playoffs, but they have lost 4 times to them in the postseason. Even though Colorado is going to be heavily favored in this series, Nashville could surprise some people with how well they play Colorado.

Colorado is on a mission this year to win the Stanley Cup, and are one of the favorites to achieve this feat. Colorado has a high-powered offense and has defenseman who can jump into the play and contribute offensively. The Predators will give the Avalanche quite a challenge because they play physically and aren't afraid to mix it up with the Avs' star players. Darcy Kuemper was good in the regular season but has not been proven yet in the playoffs, so that is one concern the Avs could have in the playoffs.

Nashville is a really good team on paper and doesn't have many weaknesses in their lineup. The issue with Nashville has been their inconsistency with their goal-scoring, as they have many streaky scorers in their lineup. If Nashville is to win this series, they need to play physically and try to neutralize the speed of their superstars. Unfortunately for Nashville, they could be playing without their star goalie Juuse Saros in this series, and if they don't have Saros in net, they have no chance to win this series.

COL wins if the Avalanche gets balanced scoring from the top 9, plays good defense, and Darcy Kuemper plays well.

NSH wins if they get scoring for all four lines, the Defense chip in offensively, and David Rittich plays out of his mind in the net.

Prediction: COL wins 4-1



Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars



Key Players:

CGY: J.Gaudreau, M.Tkachuk, E.Lindholm, T.Toffoli, B.Coleman, A.Mangiapane, M.Backlund, N.Hanifin, R.Andersson, C.Tanev

DAL: R.Hintz, J.Robertson, J.Pavelski, T.Seguin, J.Benn, D.Gurianov, M.Heiskanen, J.Klingberg, E.Lindell, R.Suter

X factors: CGY-C.Jarnkrok/D.Dube, DAL-A.Radulov

Goalie Matchup: J.Markstrom vs J.Oettinger


The Calgary Flames faced the Dallas Stars 3 times in the regular season and won 2 out of the 3 games. The interesting thing about the season series between these two teams is that Dallas played much better on the road than at home against Calgary.

 Dallas faced Calgary 12 times in the playoffs and has won the series 8 times. This matchup could actually be one of the matchups that result in an upset because Dallas seems to have Calgary's record in the playoffs.

This will be a big series for the Stars of the Calgary Flames, such as Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, and Matthew Tkachuk, but fortunately for them, they have a much stronger supporting cast this season, which should help them in the playoffs. Jacob Markstrom has been stellar in net all season long, he needs to be a rock in net, in order for Calgary to make it past Nashville.

Dallas is the most confusing team in the NHL; they can struggle to beat teams like Arizona and Seattle, but then they can beat Calgary. The Stars can roll all four lines and have a good top 4, as well as a up and coming stud goalie in Jake Oettinger.

Despite all the positives on this team, there are also many weaknesses on this team that might cost them in a series against the best team in the western conference.

CGY wins if Johnny Gaudreau is Johnny Gaudreau and they get balanced goal-scoring throughout their lineup.

DAL wins if the Stars get consistent scoring from all four lines, play great defense, and Jake Oettinger stands on his head.

Prediction: DAL wins 4-3

Check out the Full Podcast here:




Saturday, April 30, 2022

What Montreal Canadiens should do in the Offseason

The Montreal Canadiens had a disastrous season, but they can turn it around in the offseason, and build to be better next season. These are the moves that I would make if I were GM of the Montreal Canadiens.



Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made


Montreal Canadiens trade Jeff Petry to the Carolina Hurricanes for Ethan Bear, Ryan Suzuki, 1st round pick '23.

The Hurricanes improve their defense with the addition of Jeff Petry, while the Canadiens get Ethan Bear, Ryan Suzuki, and a 1st round pick next year.


The Canadiens also trade Jonathan Drouin, and Mike Hoffman to the LA Kings for Gabriel Vilardi, Jaret Anderson Dolan, 2nd round pick '22.

The Kings get Jonathan Drouin and Mike Hoffman, two impact forwards, who will give an instant boost to the offense, while the Kings get two great prospects in Vilardi and Anderson-Dolan, as well as a 2nd round pick.


Paul Byron and Joel Edmundsson are traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Kailer Yamamoto, 3rd round pick '23. Montreal retains half of Joel Edmundson's contract for the remainder of the contract.

The Oilers add two veteran players with playoff experience to bolster their depth, while the Habs get Kailer Yamamoto and a 3rd round pick.



At the 2022 Draft, the Montreal Canadiens trade picks 51, 94, 161 to the Buffalo Sabres for pick 41.


2022 Draft

1-Shane Wright

29-Lian Bichsel

33-Ivan Miroshnichenko

41-Seamus Casey

51-Bryce Mcconnell-Barker

65-Gleb Trikozov

97-Jordan Dumais

120-Maxim Barbashev

122-Reese Laubach

129-Ludvig Jansson

193-Tyler Dunbar

217-Noah Greuter

Montreal drafts 8 forwards and 5 defensemen in the 2022 draft with the 13 picks that they have.


Montreal Canadiens re-sign a few players:

Alexander Romanov-2yrs/3.5M per

Kailer Yamamoto-3yrs/3M per

Ethan Bear-3yrs/2.75M per

Gabriel Vilardi-2yrs/1.5M per

Jaret Anderson Dolan-2yrs/1.2M per

Samuel Montembeault-1yrs/1M per

Kale Clague-2yrs/1M per

Michael Pezzetta-2yrs/750k per


Montreal Canadiens re-signed All Non-Roster RFAs


Montreal Canadiens sign the following Free Agents:

Zach Aston Reese-3yrs/2M per

Noel Acciari-1yr/2M 


This is how the Montreal Canadiens lineup looks like at the start of the 2022-23 season


2022-23 Montreal Canadiens




Jo.Anderson-N.Suzuki-C.Caufield

G.Vilardi-S.Wright-B.Gallagher

J-A.Dolan-C.Dvorak-K.Yamamoto

Z.Aston-Reese-J.Evans-N.Acciari

A.Romanov-D.Savard

K.Guhle-J.Barron

K.Clague-E.Bear

C.Price

J.Allen

Top Prospects:

F: I.Miroshnichenko, B.McConnell-Barker, J.Roy, G.Trikozov, J.Dumais, M.Barbashev, R.Laubach, N.Greuter

D: J.Harris, L.Bichsel, S.Casey, L.Jansson, T.Dunbar

G: C.Primeau


The Montreal Canadiens are taking a step in the right direction but are still far from being a contending team.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

How Anaheim Ducks can build a Contending Team by Draft

 The Anaheim Ducks are a rebuilding team right now but if they draft right in the next couple of years, they could be a contender in a few years. This is how the Anaheim Ducks should draft the next few years.



Before the 2022 Draft, two trades are made:


Anaheim Ducks trade Jakob Silfverberg to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Kasperi Kapanen, Danton Heinen, 2024 3rd round pick.

The Penguins add a veteran in Jakob Silfverberg, while the Ducks get two solid depth players in Kasperi Kapanen and Danton Heinen as well as a 3rd round pick.


The Ducks also trade Sonny Milano, Zach Aston Reese to the Chicago Blackhawks for Dominik Kubalik, 2022 3rd round pick.

The Ducks trade Sonny Milano and Zach Aston Reese, two solid players to the Blackhawks for a top 6 winger in Dominik Kubalik and a draft pick.


2022 Draft

12-Jonathan Lekkerimaki

24-Tristan Luneau

44-Owen Pickering

60-David Goyotte

90-Jake Furlong

108-Ludwig Persson

140-Nicholas Mouldenhauer

154-Colton Smith

Anaheim improve their prospect pool tremendously with the additions of 5 forwards and 3 defensemen.


Anaheim Ducks re-sign the following players:

Dominik Kubalik-3yrs/3.75M per

Kasperi Kapanen-3yrs/3.25M per

Isac Lundestrom-3yrs/2.75M per

Danton Heinen-2yrs/2.5M per

Sam Steel-2yrs/1.7M per

Urho Vaakanainen-2yrs/900k per

Simon Benoit-2yrs/800k per


Anaheim Ducks re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


Anaheim Ducks sign the Following Free Agents:


Andrew Copp-4yrs/4.2M per

Ilya Mikheyev-3yrs/3.5M per


At the 2023 Trade Deadline, One trade is made


Anaheim Ducks trade Kevin Shattenkirk, Derek Grant to the Nashville Predators for Alexandre Carrier, 2023 2nd round pick.  If the Predators make the second round of the playoffs, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

The Predators add two veteran players to bolster their playoff chances, while the Ducks get Alexandre Carrier and a 2nd round pick, which could turn into a 1st.


The Anaheim Ducks miss the playoffs in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 10th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 Draft, two trades are made


Anaheim Ducks trade Cam Fowler to the Minnesota Wild for Carson Lambos, Alexander Khovanov, 2024 1st round pick. 

The Ducks get Carson Lambos and Alexander Khovonov, two of the Wild's top prospects and a 1st round pick in exchange for Cam Fowler.


The Ducks also trade Adam Henrique to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Liam Foudy, 2023 3rd round pick.

Anaheim gets a solid young prospect and a 3rd round pick in exchange for Adam Henrique.


At the 2023 Draft, the Anaheim Ducks trade picks 42, 51, 63 to the Washington Capitals for pick 24.


2023 Draft

10-Otto Stenberg

24-Mikhail Gulyayev

27-Koehn Ziemmer

74-Timo Bunzli

75-Samuel Sisik

85-Jacob Sagadin

The Anaheim Ducks draft 6 solid prospects to add to the already stacked prospect pool.


Anaheim Ducks re-sign the following players:

Trevor Zegras-8yrs/8M per

Jamie Drysdale-5yrs/4.5M per

Maxime Comtois-5yrs/4M per

Troy Terry-4yrs/3.5M per

Alexandre Carrier-2yrs/2.5M per

Liam Foudy-2yrs/950k per

Alexander Khovanov-2yrs/925k per

Lukas Dostal-2yrs/1M per


Anaheim Ducks re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


Anaheim Ducks sign the Following Free Agents:

Ryan Graves-4yrs/3.8M per


The Anaheim Ducks finish the 2023-24 season, and end up with the 6th pick in the draft.


2024 Draft

6-Aidan Park

21-Tanner Howe

38-Tuomas Suoniemi

52-Nilopekka Muhonen

70-Anton Olsson

Anaheim adds three elite forwards and two big defensemen in the 2024 Draft.


Anaheim Ducks re-sign the following players:

Mason McTavish-5yrs/5.5M per

Jacob Perrault-3yrs/3.5M per

Carson Lambos-3yrs/3.5M per

Brayden Tracey-3yrs/3.5M per

Urho Vaakanainen-3yrs/2.5M per

Simon Benoit-1yr/1M


Anaheim Ducks re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


Anaheim Ducks breakthrough in the 2024-25 season and make the playoffs, only to lose in the first round.


I won't be doing the 2025 Draft because there is not enough known about the prospects available at this point.


Before the 2025-26 season, two trades are made


Anaheim Ducks trade Dominik Kubalik, Alexander Khovanov, 2026 2nd round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes for Ryan Suzuki, Dominik Bokk.


The Ducks add Ryan Suzuki and Dominik Bokk, two great young players, who will help fill out the depth.


The Ducks also trade Isac Lundestrom, Kasperi Kapanen to the Montreal Canadiens for Jake Evans, 2026 2nd round pick, 2027 3rd round pick.


Anaheim makes a blockbuster trade with Montreal sending Lundestrom, Kasperi Kapanen to the Habs for Jake Evans and two draft picks.


Anaheim Ducks re-sign the following players:

Alexandre Carrier-3yrs/2.5M per

Liam Foudy-3yrs/2M per

Jake Evans-1.8M per

Lukas Dostal-3yrs/1.5M per


Anaheim Ducks re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


By the 2025-26 season, the Anaheim Ducks have put together a contending team



2025-26 Anaheim Ducks



M.Comtois-T.Zegras-T.Terry

A.Copp-M.McTavish-J.Perreault

B.Tracey-R.Suzuki-I.Mikheyev

D.Bokk-J.Evans-L.Foudy

C.Lambos-J.Drysdale

R.Graves-T.Luneau

U.Vaakaneinen-A.Carrier

J.Gibson

L.Dostal


Top Prospects:

F: J.Lekkerimaki, O.Stenberg, K.Ziemmer, A.Park, T.Howe, T.Suoniemi, D.Goyotte

D: O.Pickering, M.Gulyayev, N.Muhonen, A.Olsson


The Anaheim Ducks have an up-and-coming young team that looks ready to contend for cups in the next few years.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

How Buffalo Sabres can build a Contending Team by Draft

 The Buffalo Sabres may not be very good right now but if they draft right in the next couple of years, they should be a contender very soon. This is how the Buffalo Sabres should draft the next couple of years.




Before the 2022 Draft, two trades are made


Buffalo Sabres trade Victor Olofsson to the New Jersey Devils for Nolan Foote, Jesper Boqvist, 2023 2nd round pick.

The Devils get a proven goal scorer in Victor Olofsson, while the Sabres get a top prospect in Nolan Foote, Jesper Boqvist and a 2nd round pick.

Buffalo Sabres also trade Colin Miller, Cody Eakin, Vinnie Hinostroza to the Dallas Stars for Joel Kiviranta, 2022 5th round pick, 2023 6th round pick.

This is a win-win trade for both teams; Dallas gets some depth to fill out the roster while Buffalo add Joel Kiviranta and some draft picks.


2022 Draft

5-Danila Yurov

17-Tristan Luneau

30-Alexander Perevalov

37-Filip Bystedt

70-Aleksanteri Kaskimaki

101-Kasper Kulonummi

132-Dominik Rymon

144-Nicholas Moldenhauer

165-Kasper Larsen

The Buffalo Sabres improve their depth on the wing and on defense with the picks made in this draft.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign the following players:

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen-2yrs/2.75M per

Jesper Boqvist-2yrs/1M per

Jacob Bryson-2yrs/900k per

Joel Kiviranta-2yrs/750k per

Dustin Tokarski-2yrs/750k per


Buffalo Sabres re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


Buffalo Sabres sign the following players in Free Agency:

Joonas Korpisalo-3yrs/3.75M per

Mattias Janmark-2yrs/2M per

Troy Stetcher-2yrs/1.7M per


At the 2023 Trade Deadline, One major trade is made


Buffalo Sabres trade Zemgus Gergensons, and Anders Bjork to the Vancouver Canucks for 2023 4th round pick, and 2024 2nd round pick.

Girgensons and Bjork are expandable now with some of the young players coming up, so they are dealt for two draft picks.

The Buffalo Sabres finish the 2022-23 season with the 5th worst record, and end up with the 6th pick in the draft.


At the 2023 Draft, the Buffalo Sabres trade picks 37, 41, 55 to the Anaheim Ducks for picks 21, 63.

The Sabres also trade picks 101, 133 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for pick 94.


2023 Draft

6-Dalibor Dvorsky

9-Otto Stenberg

21-Kasper Halttunen

63-Dominik Petr

94-Oliver Moore

104-Noa Vali

The Sabres have a couple high-end forwards and a goaltender, who could be a big part of their future


Buffalo Sabres re-sign the following players:

Tage Thompson-4yrs/4M per

Dylan Cozens-2yrs/2.5M per

Rasmus Asplund-2yrs/1.6M per

Mattias Samuelsson-2yrs/1.3M per


Buffalo Sabres re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


Buffalo Sabres sign the following free agents:

Artem Zub-4yrs/3.5M per

Teddy Blueger-4yrs/2.75M per


The Buffalo Sabres finish the 2023-24 season with the 9th worst record in the league and end up with the 10th pick in the draft


Buffalo Sabres buyout Jeff Skinner; the Buyout will cost the Sabres 2.44 Million in cap space until 2030.


At the 2024 draft, the Buffalo Sabres trade picks 41, 42 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for pick 26.


2024 Draft

10-Tuomas Suoniemi

26-Tanner Howe

73-Miguel Marques

Buffalo drafts three really good prospects who could be a huge part of the team in the future.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign the following players:


Rasmus Dahlin-8yrs/7.5M per

Owen Power-6yrs/6.5M per

Peyton Krebs-6yrs/4.75M per

Casey Mittelstedt-5yrs/4.5M per

Jack Quinn-3yrs/4M per

Ukko Pekka Luukkonen-3yrs/3.75M per

Mattias Janmark-2yrs/2.5M per

JJ Peterka-2yrs/1.5M per

Jesper Boqvist-2yrs/900k per


Buffalo Sabres re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


By the 2024-25 season, the Buffalo Sabres have put together a contending team.


2024-25 Buffalo Sabres



A.Tuch-P.Krebs-J.Quinn

T.Thompson-C.Mittelstadt-D.Yurov

R.Asplund-D.Cozens-JJ.Peterka

M.Janmark-T.Blueger-J.Boqvist


R.Dahlin-A.Zub

O.Power-H.Jokiharju

M.Samuelsson-T.Luneau


U-P.Luukkonen

J.Korpisalo


Top Prospects: 

F:  D.Dvorsky, O.Stenberg, T.Suoniemi K.Halttunen, T.Howe, A.Perevalov, A.Kaskimaki, N.Moldenhauer, N.Foote

D: K.Kulonummi, K.Larsen

G: N.Vali


The Buffalo Sabres would probably need another year or so until they are truly ready to contend but when they do become contenders, expect many deep playoff runs in the future.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

How New Jersey Devils can turn into a Contender by Draft

 The New Jersey Devils are a rebuilding team right now but if they draft correctly the next two-three years, they will be a contender in no time. This is how the New Jersey Devils should draft in the next few years.



Before the 2022 Draft, two trades are made


New Jersey Devils trade PK Subban to the Chicago Blackhawks for Alec Regula, 3rd round pick '22 (in a sign and trade).

The Blackhawks get a veteran defenseman in PK Subban to help mentor their young players, while the Devils get Alec Regula, a solid defensive prospect and a draft pick.


The Devils also trade Miles Wood, and Pavel Zacha to the Vancouver Canucks for Conor Garland, 1st round pick '23.

This trade works for both team because the Canucks get two solid role players, who still have room to grow; for the Devils, they buy low on Conor Garland, and pick up an additonal 1st round pick for taking on his contract.


At the 2022 Draft, New Jersey Devils trade pick 4 to the Columbus Blue Jackets for picks 8, 14, 46

The Devils also trade picks 90, 107, 114 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for picks 77, 5th round pick '23


2022 Draft

8-David Jiricek

14-Frank Nazar

36-Owen Pickering

46-Jani Nyman

68-Gleb Trikozov

77-Aleksanteri Kaskimaki

100-Jordan Dumais

142-Nicholas Moldenhauer

164-Kasper Larsen

The New Jersey Devils bolster the defense in the pipeline with the additions of David Jiricek, Owen Pickering, and Kasper Larsen; the additions of Frank Nazar, Gleb Trikozov, Aleksanteri Kaskimaki, Jani Nyman, Jordan Dumais, Nicholas Moldenhauer add firepower offensively.


New Jersey Devils re-sign the Following players:

Jesper Bratt-6yrs/5.5M per

Jesper Boqvist-2yrs/850K per

Fabian Zetterlund + Tyce Thompson-2yr deals

Jon Gillies-1yr deal

Colton White + Mason Geertsen-1yr


New Jersey Devils sign the following players in Free Agency:

Andre Burakovsky-2yrs/5.2M per

Rickard Rakell-2yrs/4.5M per


At the 2023 Trade Deadline, a few trades are made


New Jersey Devils trade Damon Severson to the St.Louis Blues for Zachary Bolduc, Jake Nieghbours, Logan Brown and a 2024 1st round pick

The Devils get a massive haul for Damon Severson, which include three former 1st round picks and a future first round pick.


The Devils also trade Ryan Graves, Andreas Johnsson are traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Brayden Tracey, and a 2023 2nd round pick.

The Ducks bolster the roster with the addition of Graves and Johnsson, while the Devils get a solid prospect in Brayden Tracey and a future 2nd round pick.


Tomas Tatar is dealt to the New York Islanders for Kieffer Bellows, and a 2024 2nd round pick.

The Islanders add a veteran winger in Tomas Tatar, while the Devils get a talented young player in Kieffer Bellows and a future 2nd round pick.


The New Jersey Devils miss the playoffs yet again in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 6th pick in the draft.


At the 2023 draft, New Jersey Devils trade pick 10 to the Anaheim Ducks for picks 20, 51, 52

The Devils then trade picks 38, 51, 64, 70 to the Boston Bruins for pick 19, 83.


2023 Draft

6-Dalibor Dvorsky

19-Nate Danielson

20-Mikhail Gulyayev

52-Jesse Nurmi

83-Kasper Hulttunen

102-William Whitelaw

The Devils strike gold in the 2023 Draft and add a couple prolific offensive players, who could become an important part of their core in the future.


New Jersey Devils re-sign the following players:

Yegor Sharangovich-3yrs/3.75M per

Mackenzie Blackwood-3yrs/3.5M per

Joonas Siegenthaler-3yrs/2.9M per

Michael McCleod-3yrs/2.5M per

Nathan Bastian-2yrs/1.5M per

Ty Smith-2yrs/1.5M per

Kieffer Bellows-2yrs/1.1M per

Janne Kuokkanen-1yr/1M

Alec Regula-2yrs/850k per

Logan Brown-1yrs/750k per

Colton White + Mason Geertsen-1yr


The New Jersey Devils have a much better season in the 2023-24 season, but still miss the playoffs; they have the 14th pick in the draft.


At the 2024 Draft, New Jersey Devils trade picks 14, 25, 38, 46 to the Seattle Kraken for pick 4.

2024 Draft

4-Macklin Celebrini

78-Anton Olsson

110-Herman Traff

New Jersey Devils add an elite blue-chip prospect in Macklin Celebrini as well as two real solid prospects in Anton Olsson and Herman Traff.


New Jersey Devils re-sign the following players:

Dawson Mercer-4yrs/4M per

Alexander Holtz-3yrs/4M per

Zachary Bolduc-3yrs/3.5M per

Logan Stanley-3yrs/3M per

Sean Durzi-3yrs/2.75M per

Brayden Tracey-3yrs/2.75M per

Nico Daws-3yrs/2.5M per

Fabian Zetterlund-3yrs/2.5M per

Nolan Foote-2yrs/1.8M per

Jake Nieghbours-2yrs/1.75M per

Kevin Bahl-2yrs/1.5M per


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


New Jersey Devils acquire Bowen Byram from the Colorado Avalanche for Ty Smith, Mikhail Gulyayev, Yegor Sharangovich, Gleb Trikozov, 2025 1st round pick.

Bowen Byram hasn't quite reached his potential with the Avalanche, so perhaps a trade to a new team will give him room to grow as a true top-pair defenseman.


The Devils also trade Jonas Siegenthaler, Chase Stillman, Kieffer Bellows to the LA Kings for Sean Durzi, Samuel Helenius, 2025 2nd round pick.

The Devils and Kings make two deals in one; swapping Siegenthaler for Durzi, as well as Stillman and Bellows for Helenius and a 2nd round pick.


Alec Regula, Jake Nieghbours, and Nicholas Moldenhauer are traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Jett Woo, a 2025 3rd round pick.

The Devils add some more depth on defense in the system with the acquisition of Jett Woo.


By the 2024-25 season, the New Jersey Devils have put together a contending team


2024-25 New Jersey Devils





A.Holtz-J.Hughes-D.Mercer

J.Bratt-N.Hischier-C.Garland

B.Tracey-Z.Bolduc-F.Zetterlund

N.Foote-M.McLeod-N.Bastian

B.Byram-D.Hamilton

L.Hughes-S.Durzi

K.Bahl-D.Jiricek

M.Blackwood

N.Daws

Top Prospects:

F: F.Nazar, D.Dvorsky, N.Danielson, M.Celebrini, S.Salminen, J.Nyman, S.Helenius, J.Nurmi, K.Hulttunen, J.Dumais

D: J.Woo, O.Pickering, A.Olsson, K.Larsen


The New Jersey Devils have now assembled a dominant team that has the potential to contend for a Stanley Cup.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

How Arizona Coyotes can turn into a Contender by Draft

 The Arizona Coyotes have done a great job of Stockpiling a ton of draft picks in the next couple of drafts. If they can hit on their draft picks in the next two-three drafts, they can become a contender in no time. This is how the Arizona Coyotes should draft in the next couple years.



Before the 2022 Draft, two trades are made


Arizona Coyotes trade Phil Kessel, Anton Stralman to the Minnesota Wild for Nick Bjugstad, 2022 4th round pick. If Phil Kessel re-signs with Minnesota, the Coyotes get an additional 2024 3rd round pick.

The Coyotes Get something in return for Phil Kessel and Anton Stralman, rather than lose him for nothing.


Arizona Coyotes trade Jakob Chychurun to the Florida Panthers for Anton Lundell, Mason Marchment, Grigori Denisenko and a 2023 1st round pick.

The Panthers as they get that top pair defenseman they have been searching for, while Arizona get three very good players and a 1st round pick.


At the 2022 Draft, Arizona Coyotes trade picks 32, 35, 131 to the Anaheim Ducks for picks 24, 44, 60

The Coyotes also trade picks 42, 43 to the Chicago Blackhawks for picks 81, 82, 2nd round pick '23


2022 Draft

1-Shane Wright

3-Logan Cooley

24-Tristan Luneau

39-Ivan Miroshnichenko

42-Owen Pickering

60-Ryan Greene

67-Artyom Duda

81-Cruz Lucius

82-Miko Matikka

117-Fabian Wagner

131-Tim Almgren

In the 2022 Draft, the Arizona Coyotes added a total of 12 prospects, who could be a big part of the future.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign the Following players:

Lawson Crouse-4yrs/3.75M per

Mason Marchment-4yrs/3M per

Christian Fischer-3yrs/2.5M per

Barrett Hayton-2yrs/1.5M per

Josef Korenar-2yrs/850k per

Kyle Copobianco-2yrs/800K per

Dysin Mayo-2yrs/800k per

Nick Bjugstad-1yr/750k per


Arizona Coyotes sign the following players in Free Agency:

Nick Leddy-5yrs/5.5M per

Ilya Mikheyev-3yrs/3M per

Nick Paul-3yrs/2.5M per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign ALL Non-Roster RFAs


At the 2023 Trade Deadline, one trades is made

Arizona Coyotes trade Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Ritchie to the Carolina Hurricanes for Dominik Bokk and a 2023 2nd round pick.

The Hurricanes build up the depth with the additions of Gostisbehere and Ritchie, while the Coyotes get Dominik Bokk and a 2nd round pick.


Before the 2023 Draft, two trades are made


Arizona Coyotes trade Nick Schmaltz to the Columbus Blue Jackets for 2023 2nd round pick and a 2024 1st round pick.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get their 2nd line center, while Arizona add two early draft picks.


Arizona Coyotes acquire Mikail Sergachev from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2023 2nd round pick, 2024 1st, 2nd round picks, plus Artyom Duda and Miko Matikka.

The Coyotes get their top-pair defenseman in exchange for Arytom Duda, Miko Matikka and 3 draft picks 


At the 2023 Draft, two trades are made


Arizona Coyotes trade picks 32, 34, 43, 60 to Calgary Flames for picks 16, 48

Then the Coyotes acquire pick 57, 76 from the Detroit Red Wings for picks 66, 70


2023 Draft 

2-Matvei Michkov

16-Theo Lindstein

48-Jesse Nurmi

57-Dominik Petr

76-Tomasso De Luca

88-Zeb Forsfjall

98-Noa Vali

The Coyotes add some high-end prospects in the 2023 Draft, which could propel them into contention very soon.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign the Following Players:

Mikhail Sergachev-7yrs/6.5M per

Victor Soderstrom-3yrs/3M per

Grigori Denisenko-2yrs/1.5M per

Jack McBain-2yrs/900k per

Dominik Bokk-2yrs/900k per

Matias Maccelli-2yrs/900k per

Jan Jenik-2yrs/900k per

 

Arizona Coyotes sign the following players in Free Agency:

Artem Zub-3yrs/2.5M per

Anthony Stolarz-2yrs/1.5M per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign ALL Non-Roster RFAs


The Arizona Coyotes miss the playoffs again in the 2023-24 season, and end up with the 9th pick in the draft.


At the 2024 Draft, Arizona Coyotes trade picks 41, 48, 54 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for pick 26, 90

The Coyotes also trade picks 73, 96, 113 to the Washington Capitals for pick 56


2024 Draft

9-Aidan Park

26-Jakub Chromiak

56-Artyom Levshunov

90-Kristian Epperson

105-Marcus Gidlof

The Arizona Coyotes add to their already loaded farm system, and have set themselves up very well for the future


Arizona Coyotes re-sign 

Anton Lundell-8yrs/5.5M per

Barrett Hayton-4yrs/4M per

Dylan Guenther-3yrs/3.5M per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign ALL Non-Roster RFAs


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


Arizona Coyotes acquire Yaroslav Askarov from the Nashville Predators for Ryan Greene, Jesse Nurmi, Ivan Prosvetov, 2025 1st round pick. 

The Coyotes acquire their goalie of the future in Yaroslav Askarov, while the Predators get a two very good prospects in Jesse Nurmi and Ryan Greene, Ivan Prosvetov, and a 1st round pick.


The Arizona Coyotes make the playoffs in the 2025-26 season but lose in the second round of the playoffs


Arizona Coyotes sign Matvei Michkov to an Entry-Level Contract


Arizona Coyotes also re-sign the following players:

Shane Wright-8yrs/8M per

Yaroslav Askarov-5yrs/5M per

Grigori Denisenko-3yrs/2.75M per

Dominik Bokk-3yrs/1.5M per

Josef Korenar-3yrs/1.1M per


Before the 2025-26 season, a few trades are made


Arizona Coyotes trade Lawson Crouse, Ilya Mikheyev, Jack McBain to the New Jersey Devils for Nolan Foote, 2nd round pick '26

Lawson Crouse, Ilya Mikheyev and Jack McBain are now expendable with the new talent coming into the team.


Barrett Hayton, Artem Zub is traded to the Ottawa Senators for Lassi Thomson.

Ottawa Senators get Lassi Thomson to round out the defense, while the Senators get Barrett Hayton, who could immediately become their 2nd line center.


By the 2025-26 season, the Arizona Coyotes have put together a powerhouse team


2025-26 Arizona Coyotes




I.Miroshnichenko-L.Cooley-M.Michkov

C.Keller-S.Wright-D.Guenther

M.Marchment-A.Lundell-G.Denisenko

N.Foote-N.Paul-D.Bokk

M.Sergachev-V.Soderstrom

N.Leddy-T.Luneau

O.Pickering-L.Thomson

Y.Askarov

J.Korenar


Top Prospects:

F: J.Nurmi, D.Petr, A.Park, C.Lucius, T.De Luca, T.Almgren

D: T.Lindstein, J.Chromiak, A.Levshunov

G: M.Gidlof


The Arizona Coyotes now have a powerhouse team that has the potential to be a dynasty.


Thursday, March 24, 2022

How Seattle Kraken Can Turn into a Contender by Draft

 The Seattle Kraken had a very productive trade deadline and stockpiled 25 picks for the next two drafts. If they draft correctly with those picks, they could use those picks to become a contender in no time. This is how I would draft for the Seattle Kraken in the next two drafts.





At the 2022 draft, Seattle Kraken trade picks 64 to the Nashville Predators for picks 83, 84.

The Kraken also trade picks 119, 123 to the Dallas Stars for picks 112, 144.


2022 Draft

3-Juraj Slafkovsky

34-Filip Bystedt

52-Alexander Suzdalev

58-Ryan Greene

66-Tomas Hamara

83-Jack Devine

84-Simon Forsmark

112-Topi Ronni

130-Joshua Niedermayer

144-Tim Almgren

162-Niklas Kokko

The Kraken are able to restock their farm system with some high-end talent, who could contribute a few years down the road.


Seattle Kraken Re-sign the Following players to 2 yr deals:

Ryan Donato

Morgan Geekie

Hadyn Fleury

Cale Fleury

Alex True


Seattle Kraken Re-sign the Following players to 1 yr deals:

Dennis Cholowski

Kole Lind

Karson Kuhlman

Daniel Sprong

Riley Sheahan

Carsen Twarynski


In Free Agency, Seattle Signs:

John Klingberg-7yrs/7.5M per

Andrew Copp-4yrs/3.85M per


At the 2023 Trade Deadline, two trades are made


Seattle Kraken trade Joonas Donskoi to the Boston Bruins for Trent Frederic, Oskar Steen, and a 2023 3rd round pick.

The Kraken get two solid young players and a draft pick in exchange for a pending UFA, not a bad haul.


Carson Soucy, Karson Kuhlman are traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Matej Pekar, Jacob Bryson, and a 2024 6th round pick.

Seattle get two solid young prospects in Jacob Bryson and Matej Pekar, as well as a draft pick for Carson Soucy and Karson Kuhlman.


The Seattle Kraken finish the 2022-23 season, with 4th worst record in the league, however, they luck into landing the number 1 pick.


Before the 2023 draft, two trades are made


Seattle Kraken trade Chris Driedger, Ryan Donato to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2024 5th round pick, 3rd round pick in 2025 or 2026.

Seattle trade away Chris Driedger and Ryan Donato so Daccord can take the reigns as backup and to free up some cap room.

Alexander Wennberg is traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2024 3rd round pick.

The Kraken create more cap room by moving Wennberg to the Flyers


At the 2023 draft, Seattle Kraken trades picks 36, 47, 80 to the Pittsburgh Penguins for pick 22


2023 Draft


1-Connor Bedard

22-Alex Ciernik

58-Ondrej Molnar

68-William Whitelaw

83-Max Strbak

100-Frantisek Ridzon


Seattle Kraken draft a couple prolific offensive players, which will make them a pain to play against in the future.


Seattle Kraken re-sign the Following players:


Vince Dunn-6yrs/4.75M per

Joey Daccord-3yrs/1.5M per


Seattle signs the following players in free agency:


Connor Brown-3yrs/3.5M per

Jesper Fast-3yrs/3M per

Teddy Blueger-3yrs/2.8M per


By the 2023-24 season, the Seattle Kraken have assembled a team that looks like it could contend


2023-24 Seattle Kraken





J.Schwartz-C.Bedard-J.Eberle

J.Slafkovsky-M.Beniers-J.Fast

A.Copp-Y.Gourde-C.Brown

T.Frederic-T.Blueger-M.Geekie


J.Oleksiak-J.Klingberg

V.Dunn-A.Larsson

H.Fleury-C.Fleury


P.Grubauer

J.Daccord


Top Prospects: 

F: A.Ciernik, F.Bystedt, A.Suzdalev, R.Greene, J.Devine, T.Roni, T.Almgren, W.Whitelaw, O.Steen

D: T.Hamara, S.Forsmark, J.Niedermayer, M.Strbak

G: N.Kokko


With this lineup and the prosepcts that Seattle has in the pipeline, the Kraken would be able to be contenders for a long time.