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2019 NHL draft
#1
A bit early, but surely we'll end up with Kaapo Kakko, no?

The Special K line with Kotkaniemi? 

Add Peyton Krebs with a second first-rounder and have the KKK line? (OK, that one might not fly)

My early draft crush (assuming the gods don't take pity on us and give us Hughes) was Alex Newhook out of the BCHL. Definitely made my 'who's that?' list the first time I watched him, but hasn't been quite as dominant this year.

Or maybe we'll end up with Alfie Turcotte's kid and get to relive the disappointment...
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#2
I'm keeping an eye on a couple of Q guys:

Rafaele Lavoie 6'4" 190 lbs RW
Sam Poulin 6'1" 208 lbs LW

and let's not forget Nick's brother:
Ryan Suzuki 6' 170 lbs C

Of course the chances of any of these guys being available when we pick 31st is slim, but we can dream.
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(2018-10-13, 11:07 AM)on2ndthought Wrote: I'm keeping an eye on a couple of Q guys:

Rafaele Lavoie 6'4" 190 lbs RW
Sam Poulin 6'1" 208 lbs LW

and let's not forget Nick's brother:
Ryan Suzuki 6' 170 lbs C

Of course the chances of any of these guys being available when we pick 31st is slim, but we can dream.

 Couldn't disagree more.

We'll have our top-10 pick for sure. 

And given the number of extra picks we have, trading up with the actual champs into the 31st slot shouldn't be a problem at all. Wink
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So, our # 8 overall for Mathieu Perrault and the 31st?
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Hopefully Arizona puts up a 17m offer sheet on Matthews next year lol..Now the Leafs will match it but it would destroy their plans.Without major luck for the Habs (Hughes) the Habs just cannot compete with a team like the Leafs for the next 5-7 years.The Leafs top end players are very young and a lot of posters on this site are still thinking of the old Leafs and seem not too concerned about them..
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(2018-10-13, 11:17 AM)habs001 Wrote: Hopefully Arizona puts up a 17m offer sheet on Matthews next year lol..Now the Leafs will match it but it would destroy their plans.Without major luck for the Habs (Hughes) the Habs just cannot compete with a team like the Leafs for the next 5-7 years.The Leafs top end players are very young and a lot of posters on this site are still thinking of the old Leafs and seem not too concerned about them..

Not too concerned about them. More concerned about how MON will improve their team and skill level. TOR will be unable to keep all their team together and ice a winner. Too many youngsters standing in line for a huge raise at the same time. All of this with serious work needed on D and, IMO, abetter or more consistent G needed.

Just handing TOR the Cup is a little premature, IMO.

Nice collection of talent, though. Management just needs to make the right choices as to whom they will keep beyond Tavares and Pig-Nose.
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(2018-10-13, 11:26 AM)Scriptor Wrote:
(2018-10-13, 11:17 AM)habs001 Wrote: Hopefully Arizona puts up a 17m offer sheet on Matthews next year lol..Now the Leafs will match it but it would destroy their plans.Without major luck for the Habs (Hughes) the Habs just cannot compete with a team like the Leafs for the next 5-7 years.The Leafs top end players are very young and a lot of posters on this site are still thinking of the old Leafs and seem not too concerned about them..

Not too concerned about them. More concerned about how MON will improve their team and skill level. TOR will be unable to keep all their team together and ice a winner. Too many youngsters standing in line for a huge raise at the same time. All of this with serious work needed on D and, IMO, abetter or more consistent G needed.

Just handing TOR the Cup is a little premature, IMO.

Nice collection of talent, though. Management just needs to make the right choices as to whom they will keep beyond Tavares and Pig-Nose.
I do not think the Leafs will win the cup this year but if management makes the right decisions they could be a mini dynasty in 2 years.
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#8
With the cap the question is how many high end players can an organization draft over 3-4 years?If you have a great draft team and you find 6 players over 4 years who turn out to be 8-10m players it will not work.You will have to trade some of them for draft picks or for less players.Being super successful in a cap league just does not work.
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Teams will best other teams by throwing out the older roster models in this Cap world.

They will have to ice talent -- younger talent -- on third and fourth lines after having identified and signed core players for the top-6. Depth of talent will be the recipe, but teams will need to rotate young, skilled players in and out of the lineup/roster much faster as they become more expensive or hold out because they are being held back in a lesser role despite having talent for a larger role.

Development and drafting will become even more essential in the future, IMO.
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(2018-10-13, 11:17 AM)habs001 Wrote: Hopefully Arizona puts up a 17m offer sheet on Matthews next year lol..Now the Leafs will match it but it would destroy their plans.Without major luck for the Habs (Hughes) the Habs just cannot compete with a team like the Leafs for the next 5-7 years.The Leafs top end players are very young and a lot of posters on this site are still thinking of the old Leafs and seem not too concerned about them..

Arizona doesn't have the cap space to make an offer like that, not without losing all their UFAs and RFAs, and playing with 15 men all season  Wink

Over the next two years they have 5 UFA and 8 RFA on the current NHL roster (including Chucky). The year after 8 more UFAs (including Marian Hossa); leaving them exactly two players signed going in to 2021-2022 (OEL and Dvorak).

Chayka has cut out his own work.
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#11
What the NHL needs but will never happen is to become a no cap league and reduce the teams to 24.While only exhibition games it is now life and death for NHL clubs to even beat Swiss clubs and German clubs.Meanwhile NBA teams have played about 15 exhibition games vs other world clubs and it has been basically total blow outs.The prices they charge in the NHL cannot be justified if there is so little difference between teams from other leagues.
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(2018-10-13, 11:43 AM)habs001 Wrote: With the cap the question is how many high end players can an organization draft over 3-4 years?If you have a great draft team and you find 6 players over 4 years who turn out to be 8-10m players it will not work.You will have to trade some of them for draft picks or for less players.Being super successful in a cap league just does not work.

So you're saying we should trade Price and Weber to make room for the fleet of $10M stallions MB and TT are bringing in?
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(2018-10-13, 12:06 PM)RightNyder Wrote:
(2018-10-13, 11:43 AM)habs001 Wrote: With the cap the question is how many high end players can an organization draft over 3-4 years?If you have a great draft team and you find 6 players over 4 years who turn out to be 8-10m players it will not work.You will have to trade some of them for draft picks or for less players.Being super successful in a cap league just does not work.

So you're saying we should trade Price and Weber to make room for the fleet of $10M stallions MB and TT are bringing in?

In a cap world there would not have been the Habs of the seventies,or the Islanders and Oilers of the eighties.
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(2018-10-13, 12:11 PM)habs001 Wrote:
(2018-10-13, 12:06 PM)RightNyder Wrote:
(2018-10-13, 11:43 AM)habs001 Wrote: With the cap the question is how many high end players can an organization draft over 3-4 years?If you have a great draft team and you find 6 players over 4 years who turn out to be 8-10m players it will not work.You will have to trade some of them for draft picks or for less players.Being super successful in a cap league just does not work.

So you're saying we should trade Price and Weber to make room for the fleet of $10M stallions MB and TT are bringing in?

In a cap world there would not have been the Habs of the seventies,or the Islanders and Oilers of the eighties.

Agreed. Parity might make Count Chocula and his billionaire buds tumescent, but I think any sport is more interesting with dominant teams.
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(2018-10-13, 12:14 PM)RightNyder Wrote:
(2018-10-13, 12:11 PM)habs001 Wrote:
(2018-10-13, 12:06 PM)RightNyder Wrote:
(2018-10-13, 11:43 AM)habs001 Wrote: With the cap the question is how many high end players can an organization draft over 3-4 years?If you have a great draft team and you find 6 players over 4 years who turn out to be 8-10m players it will not work.You will have to trade some of them for draft picks or for less players.Being super successful in a cap league just does not work.

So you're saying we should trade Price and Weber to make room for the fleet of $10M stallions MB and TT are bringing in?

In a cap world there would not have been the Habs of the seventies,or the Islanders and Oilers of the eighties.

Agreed. Parity might make Count Chocula and his billionaire buds tumescent, but I think any sport is more interesting with dominant teams.
Especially if yours is one of them. Happy
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(2018-10-13, 11:17 AM)habs001 Wrote: Hopefully Arizona puts up a 17m offer sheet on Matthews next year lol..Now the Leafs will match it but it would destroy their plans.Without major luck for the Habs (Hughes) the Habs just cannot compete with a team like the Leafs for the next 5-7 years.The Leafs top end players are very young and a lot of posters on this site are still thinking of the old Leafs and seem not too concerned about them..

Lol. They will have him signed to an extension way before. He wont every be an RFA
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(2018-10-13, 11:10 AM)RightNyder Wrote:
(2018-10-13, 11:07 AM)on2ndthought Wrote: I'm keeping an eye on a couple of Q guys:

Rafaele Lavoie 6'4" 190 lbs RW
Sam Poulin 6'1" 208 lbs LW

and let's not forget Nick's brother:
Ryan Suzuki 6' 170 lbs C

Of course the chances of any of these guys being available when we pick 31st is slim, but we can dream.

 Couldn't disagree more.

We'll have our top-10 pick for sure. 

And given the number of extra picks we have, trading up with the actual champs into the 31st slot shouldn't be a problem at all. Wink

Lookit me being all sure of failure and what not...

Alex Newhook is my new #loweredpickexpectations draft crush
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