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.