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










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










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.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

What New York Rangers Should do at the Trade Deadline

 The New York Rangers are in win-now mode, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Rangers be very active at the Trade Deadline. Here are some moves that the New York Rangers should make at the Deadline.


New York Rangers trade Filip Chytil, Vitaly Kravtsov, Nils Lundkvist, 2023 1st round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for JT Miller. If the Rangers make the Conference Finals, the Canucks get an additional 2024 2nd round pick.

The acquisition of JT Miller vastly improves the Rangers' top-end talent and overall depth; it also makes the Rangers a legit threat in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers also trade Ryan Strome, Julien Gauthier, Johnny Brodzinski to the Seattle Kraken for Morgan Geekie, Colin Blackwell, Riley Sheahan, 2022 2nd round pick. If Ryan Strome re-signs with Seattle, the Rangers get a future 3rd round pick in 2023 or 2024.

This trade helps the Rangers address two issues: Ryan Strome's uncertain with the team and it also helps add more depth for the playoffs.

Artturi Lehkonen is acquired from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2022 2nd round pick.

This addition gives the Rangers more depth in the lineup as well as a ton of flexibility as well.

Players acquired:

JT Miller

Artturi Lehkonen

Morgan Geekie

Colin Blackwell

Riley Sheahan

Players Traded away:

Ryan Strome

Filip Chytil

Vitliy Kravtsov

Nils Lundkvist

Julian Gauthier

Johnny Brodzinski

'22 2nd (from NYR)

'23 1st

Cond. '24 2nd

Lineup after Trade Deadline










IR: K.Kakko, S.Blais, K.Rooney

With the Trades made here, the New York Rangers would be a very deep team and could be legit contender to win the Cup.

Friday, March 11, 2022

What LA Kings should do at the Trade Deadline


The LA Kings currently sit in 2nd place in the Pacific Division, but they need to improve their team if they want to remain a contender. The Good thing is that LA already has the key pieces in place, now its just a matter of improving the supporting cast. This is what the LA Kings should do at the Trade Deadline.


LA Kings acquire Phil Kessel from the Arizona Coyotes for Andreas Athanasiou, 2022 3rd round pick.

Phil Kessel gives the LA Kings a veteran top 6 winger with Stanley Cup Pedigree, which drastically improves their scoring depth.

LA Kings acquire Nick Leddy from the Detroit Red Wings for Gabriel Vilardi, 2022 1st round pick.

The Kings get Nick Leddy, a top 4 defenseman with playoff experience to pair alongside Drew Doughty.

LA Kings also acquire Jake DeBrusk from the Boston Bruins for Jaret-Andrson Dolan, 2023 3rd round pick. If the Kings make the 2nd round of the playoffs, the 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick.

Jake DeBrusk can give LA solid secondary scoring and his playoff experience will also be helpful as well.

LA Kings trade Lias Andersson, Brendan Lemieux, 2022 5th round pick to the Seattle Kraken for Colin Blackwell, Ryan Donato.

The Kings add two depth players in Colin Blackwell and Ryan Donato, who could really help them out in the playoffs.

Players acquired:

Phil Kessel

Nick Leddy

Jake DeBrusk

Colin Blackwell

Ryan Donato

Players Traded Away:

Andreas Athanasiou

Gabriel Vilardi

Jaret Anderson-Dolan

Lias Andersson

Brendan Lemieux

'22 1st 

'22 3rd

'22 5th

cond. '23 3rd 

This is how the LA Kings Lineup looks like after the Trade Deadline










IR: A.Edler, S.Walker, M.Anderson, V.Arvidsson

With these moves made at the deadline, the Kings could be a legit contender this year.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

What Edmonton Oilers should do at the Trade Deadline

 The Edmonton Oilers must improve their team at the trade deadline if they are to be a legit contender in the playoffs. This is what the Edmonton Oilers should do at the trade deadline.


Edmonton Oilers acquire Marc-Andre Fleury, Dylan Strome from the Chicago Blackhawks for Mikko Koiskinen, Kailer Yamamoto, Xavier Bourgalt, and a 2023 2nd round pick. If the Oilers make the Conference Finals, the 2nd round pick become a 1st round pick. Chicago retains 25% of Marc-Andre Fleury's Cap Hit.

The Oilers Get a proven veteran goalie in Marc Andre Fleury and Dylan Strome, who could serve as a valuable 3rd line player; on the flip side the Blackhawks get Mikko Koiskinen, Kailer Yamamoto, a young prospect Xavier Bourgalt and a conditional 2nd round pick, which could turn into a 1st.

Zack Kassian is traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2022 3rd round pick.

Kassian doesn't really fit into the team anymore, so he is traded to the Blue Jackets for a draft pick.

The Oilers also trade Kris Russell, Devin Shore to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2023 4th round pick, 2024 6th round pick.

This is a win-win trade, with Oilers trading away some players who are taking up roster spots from younger, and more deserving players,  while the Lightning fill out their lineup.

Edmonton acquires Christian Fischer, Riley Nash from the Arizona Coyotes for Colton Sveviour, 2024 7th round pick.

The Oilers add some sandpaper to the fourth line, which will be important come playoff time.

Players Acquired:

Marc-Andre Fleury

Dylan Strome

Christian Fischer

Riley Nash

'22 3rd

'23 4th 

'24 6th 

Players Traded Away:

Mikko Koskinen

Kailer Yamamoto

Xavier Bourgault

Zack Kassian

Kris Russell

Devin Shore

Colton Sceviour

cond. '23 1st

'24 7th

This is how the lineup looks like after the deadline










IR: R.Nugent-Hopkins, Z.Kassian

With the changes made at the deadline, the Edmonton Oilers have a team that would be a threat in the playoffs.