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  1. Left for a few weeks, came back to a WHOLE NEW WORLD

     

    (yes, you may imagine the scene from Aladdin)

    1. Kulstad

      Kulstad

      It's just a Sominex-induced dream.  It will last for approximately 8 years.  Relax and enjoy the ride :-)

    2. Flyerfan52

      Flyerfan52

      It looks a lot different. You missed some not fun stuff.

  2. While I do agree with the overall sentiment, Patrick will be facing quite a lot of competition for that top spot. Liljegren is right up there and guys like Comtois, Hischier and Vilardi could jump up with strong draft years. It's another mixed bag as far as drafts go, where anyone could go anywhere and there is no prohibitive "wire to wire" favorite, like there was in 2015, 2016, or 2008. It could end up like 2013, where the top forward and top defender swap back and forth the entire year as they continue to jockey for draft position with each other. It could be like 2011, where the top defender slipped slightly over the season and forwards took over those top spots as a result of a balanced group up top. Or it could be like 2014, where the defender ends up staying in the mix with a strong group of forwards and then sneaks into pick 1.
  3. Preliminary Top 50 Rankings 1. C Nolan Patrick, Brandon (WHL) 2. RD Timothy Liljegren, Rögle (SHL) 3. F Maxime Comtois, Victoriaville (QMJHL) 4. C Gabriel Vilardi, Windsor (OHL) 5. C Nico Hischier, Halifax (QMJHL) 6. LW Eeli Tolvanen, Sioux City (USHL) 7. LD Urho Vaakanainen, JYP (Liiga) 8. RW Klim Kostin, Russia U18s (MHL) 9. C Scott Reedy, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 10. LW Kristian Vesalainen, Frölunda (SHL) 11. F Lias Andersson, HV71 (SHL) 12. RW Owen Tippett, Mississauga (OHL) 13. LD Max Gildon, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 14. F Elias Pettersson, Timrå (ASK) 15. RD Callan Foote, Kelowna (WHL) 16. RW Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane (WHL) 17. F Casey Middelstadt, Eden Prairie High (HS-MN) 18. LD Nicolas Hague, Mississauga (OHL) 19. F Marcus Davidsson, Djurgårdens (SHL) 20. LW Rickard Hugg, Leksands (SHL) 21. F Matthew Strome, Hamilton (OHL) 22. RW Nikita Popugayev, Moose Jaw (WHL) 23. F Jesper Boqvist, Brynäs (SHL) 24. F Antoine Morand, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 25. C Michael Rasmussen, Tri-City (WHL) 26. LD Erik Brannstrom, HV71 (SHL) 27. RD Cale Fleury, Kootenay (WHL) 28. C Joel Teasdale, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 29. F Shane Bowers, Waterloo (USHL) 30. F Grant Mismash, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 31. F Jason Robertson, Kingston (OHL) 32. LD Juuso Valimaki, Tri-City (WHL) 33. LD Jacob Paquette, Kingston (OHL) 34. LD Robin Salo, Sport (Liiga) 35. F Stelio Mattheos, Brandon (WHL) 36. RW Brannon McManus, Omaha (USHL) 37. LD Dmitri Samorukov, Guelph (OHL) 38. F Nick Suzuki, Owen Sound (OHL) 39. RD Luke Martin, University of Michigan (NCAA) 40. LD David Farrance, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 41. C Adam Ruzicka, Pardubice (CZE) 42. F Alex Chmelevski, Ottawa (OHL) 43. F Ivan Lodnia, Erie (OHL) 44. C Evan Barratt, USA-U18s (USNTDP) 45. F Kirill Slepets, Russia U18s (MHL) 46. LD Tom Hedberg, Leksands (SHL) 47. C Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Spokane (WHL) 48. RD Artyom Minulin, Swift Current (WHL) 49. RD Adam Tilander, Skellefteå (SWE-J20) 50. F Yaroslav Alexeyev, Sherbrooke (QMJHL) 1. G Daniil Tarasov, Russia U18s (MHL) 2. G Michael DiPietro, Windsor (OHL) 3. G Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge (WHL) 4. G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, HPK (FIN-U20) 5. G Jake Oettinger, Boston University (NCAA)
  4. S: Exceptional level of interest, possible top 5 draft pick. A: Extremely high levels of interest, possible non-playoff (top 15) draft pick B: High levels of interest, possible 1st round draft pick C: Moderate levels of interest, possible 2nd or 3rd round draft pick D: Outside level of interest, possible late-round draft pick WHL: S-Level Prospects: C Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings A-Level Prospects: RW Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs --- D Callan Foote, Kelowna Rockets B-Level Prospects: F Stelio Mattheos, Brandon Wheat Kings F Nikita Popugayev, Moose Jaw Warriors C Michael Rasmussen, Tri-City Americans --- D Cale Fleury, Kootenay Ice D Juuso Valimaki, Tri-City Americans C-Level Prospects: C Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Spokane Chiefs F Jordy Bellerive, Lethbridge Hurricanes C Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks RW Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets W Sami Moilanen, Seattle Thunderbirds F Kyle Olson, Tri-City Americans --- D Josh Brook, Red Deer Rebels D Henri Jokiharju, Portland Winterhawks D Artyom Minulin, Swift Current Broncos D Mark Rubinchik, Saskatoon Blades D Jonathan Smart, Kelowna Rockets D Scott Walford, Victoria Royals --- G Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge Hurricanes D-Level Prospects: F Artyom Baltruk, Edmonton Oil Kings F Logan Christensen, Saskatoon Blades W Connor Dewar, Everett Silvertips F Erik Gardiner, Regina Pats F James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers F Aleksi Heponiemi, Swift Current Broncos F Mark Kastelic, Calgary Hitmen F Parker Kelly, Prince Albert Raiders F Jake Leschyshyn, Regina Pats F Lukus MacKenzie, Saskatoon Blades (yes, I spelled that one right, don’t ask me questions) F Ethan McIndoe, Spokane Chiefs F Kobe Mohr, Edmonton Oil Kings F Josh Paterson, Saskatoon Blades F Ryan Peckford, Victoria Royals W Austin Pratt, Red Deer Rebels F Tyler Preziuso, Medicine Hat Tigers F Mason Shaw, Medicine Hat Tigers LW Matthew Wedman, Seattle Thunderbirds F Lane Zablocki, Regina Pats --- D Brayden Gorda, Edmonton Oil Kings D Nolan Kneen, Kamloops Blazers D Jarret Tyszka, Seattle Thunderbirds --- G Jordan Hollett, Regina Pats G Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders OHL: A-Level Prospects: RW Owen Tippett, Mississauga Steelheads C Gabriel Vilardi, Windsor Spitfires --- D Nicolas Hague, Mississauga Steelheads B-Level Prospects: F Jason Robertson, Kingston Frontenacs C Matthew Strome, Hamilton Bulldogs --- D Jacob Paquette, Kingston Frontenacs C-Level Prospects: F Alexander Chmelevski, Ottawa 67’s C Brady Gilmour, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds C Austen Keating, Ottawa 67’s F Alexei Lipanov, Barrie Colts F Ivan Lodnia, Erie Otters F Nathan Schnarr, Guelph Storm C Jack Studnicka, Oshawa Generals F Nicholas Suzuki, Owen Sound Attack F Robert Thomas, London Knights --- D Markus Phillips, Owen Sound Attack D Dmitri Samorukov, Guelph Storm --- G Michael DiPietro, Windsor Spitfires D-Level Prospects: RW Robbie Burt, Oshawa Generals F Macaulay Carson, Sudbury Wolves F Hunter Canestra, Niagara IceDogs F Cole Coskey, Saginaw Spirit C Mackenzie Entwistle, Hamilton Bulldogs F Morgan Frost, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds C Liam Hawel, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds F Benjamin Jones, Niagara IceDogs F Renars Krastenbergs, Oshawa Generals F Kyle MacLean, Oshawa Generals F Kirill Maximov, Saginaw Spirit C Ryan McGregor, Sarnia Sting F Nick McHugh, Kitchener Rangers W Greg Meireles, Kitchener Rangers F Brett Neumann, Erie Otters F Isaac Ratcliffe, Guelph Storm F Zachary Roberts, Owen Sound Attack F Marian Studenic, Hamilton Bulldogs F Maxim Sushko, Owen Sound Attack --- D Ian Blacker, London Knights D Hayden Davis, Niagara IceDogs D Anthony DeMeo, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds D Samuel Duchesne, Flint Firebirds D Cole Fraser, Peterborough Petes D Fedor Gordeev, Hamilton Bulldogs D Nick Grima, Peterborough Petes D Mac Hollowell, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds D Jachym Kondelik, Sudbury Wolves D Brady Lyle, North Bay Battalion D Reagan O’Grady, Sudbury Wolves --- G Kaden Fulcher, Hamilton Bulldogs G Kyle Keyser, Flint Firebirds G Jacob McGrath, Sudbury Wolves QMJHL: S-Level Prospects: F Maxime Comtois, Victoriaville Tigres A-Level Prospects: F Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads B-Level Prospects: F Antoine Morand, Acadie-Bathurst Titan C Joel Teasdale, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada C-Level Prospects: F Yaroslav Alexeyev, Sherbrooke Phoenix LW Samuel Bucek, Shawinigan Cataractes LW Arnaud Durandeau, Halifax Mooseheads --- D Jocktan Chainey, Halifax Mooseheads D Zachary Lauzon, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies D Matteo Pietroniro, Baie-Comeau Drakkar D-Level Prospects: C Joel Bishop, Halifax Mooseheads RW Shawn Boudrias, Charlottetown Islanders F Adam Capannelli, Baie-Comeau Drakkar LW Louis-Philip Côté, Quebec Remparts F Carson MacKinnon, Rimouski Oceanic F Shaun Miller, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada F Axel Simic, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada --- D Mathieu Charlebois, Halifax Mooseheads D Antoine Crete-Belzile, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada D Walter Flower, Halifax Mooseheads D Igor Galygin, Acadie-Bathurst Titan D Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Charlottetown Islanders D Alexander Krief-Fleming, Chicoutimi Sagueneens D Simon Le Coultre, Moncton Wildcats D Keenan MacIsaac, Chicoutimi Sagueneens --- G Dereck Baribeau, Val D’Or Foreurs G Alex D’Orio, Saint John Sea Dogs G Kyle Jessiman, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles G Matthew Welsh, Charlottetown Islanders Europe & Russia: S-Level Prospects: D Timothy Liljegren, Rögle BK (SHL) A-Level Prospects: C Lias Andersson, HV71 (SHL) RW Klim Kostin, Russia U18s (MHL) C Elias Pettersson, Timrå IK (AllSvenskan) F Kristian Vesalainen, Frölunda HC (SHL) --- D Urho Vaakanainen, JYP (Liiga) B-Level Prospects: F Jesper Boqvist, Brynäs IF (SHL) F Marcus Davidsson, Djurgårdens IF (SHL) LW Rickard Hugg, Leksands IF (SHL) --- D Erik Brannstrom, HV71 (SHL) D Robin Salo, Sport (Liiga) C-Level Prospects: F Ivan Chekhovich, Russia U18s (MHL) F Lukas Elvenes, Rögle BK J20 (SWE-J20) F Filip Krivosik, HPK (Liiga) F Emil Oksanen, Espoo United (Mestis) C Adam Ruzicka, HC Pardubice (CZE) F Kirill Slepets, Russia U18s (MHL) F Fabian Zetterlund, Färjestad BK J20 (SWE-J20) --- D Tom Hedberg, Leksands IF (SHL) D Miro Heiskanen, HIFK U20 (FIN-U20) D Kasper Kotkansalo, Blues U20 (FIN-U20) D Adam Tilander, Skellefteå AIK J20 (SWE-J20) --- G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, HPK U20 (FIN-U20) G Daniil Tarasov, Russia U18s (MHL) D-Level Prospects: F Tobias Ahstrom, MODO Hockey J20 (SWE-J20) RW Erik Aterius, Leksands IF J20 (SWE-J20) F Jesper Emanuelsson, Frölunda HC J20 (SWE-J20) F Teemu Engberg, HIFK U20 (FIN-U20) F Lukas Henze, VIK Västerås HK J20 (SWE-J20) F Joni Ikonen, Frölunda HC J20 (SWE-J20) F Pavel Koltygin, Russia U18s (MHL) F Jesse Koskenkorva, Kärpät U20 (FIN-U20) F Kirill Kozhevnikov, Russia U18s (MHL) F Hugo Leufvenius, Linköping HC J20 (SWE-J20) F Aatu Luusuaniemi, Kärpät U20 (FIN-U20) F Maxim Marushev, Russia U18s (MHL) F Kalle Miketinac, Frölunda HC J20 (SWE-J20) F Martin Necas, HC Kometa Brno U20 (CZE-U20) F Linus Nyman, Jokerit U20 (FIN-U20) F Lauri Pajuniemi, TPS U20 (FIN-U20) F Ostap Safin, HC Sparta Praha U20 (CZE-U20) F Filip Sveningsson, HV71 J20 (SWE-J20) F Matyas Svoboda, SK Kadan (CZE-2) F Marcus Sylvegard, Malmö Redhawks J20 (SWE-J20) F Aarne Talvitie, Blues U20 (FIN-U20) F Santeri Virtanen, TPS U20 (FIN-U20) --- D August Berg, Brynäs IF J20 (SWE-J20) D Victor Berglund, MODO Hockey J20 (SWE-J20) D Anton Bjorkman, Linköping HC J20 (SWE-J20) D Martin Bodak, Tappara U20 (FIN-U20) D William Dageryd, Luleå HF J20 (SWE-J20) D Jakub Galvas, HC Olomouc U20 (CZE-U20) D Jesper Kokkila, Kärpät U20 (FIN-U20) D Algot Landin, Timrå IK J20 (SWE-J20) D Karl Markstrom, Frölunda HC J20 (SWE-J20) D Eero Teravainen, Jokerit U20 (FIN-U20) D Sebastian Walfridsson, MODO Hockey J20 (SWE-J20) --- G Olle Eriksson Ek, Färjestad BK J20 (SWE-J20) G David Otter, Leksands IF J20 (SWE-J20) G Arvid Soderblom, Frölunda HC J20 (SWE-J20) NCAA Commits, USHL, and USNTDP: A-Level Prospects: F Casey Middelstadt, Eden Prairie High Eagles (HS-MN) C Scott Reedy, USA-U18s (USNTDP) LW Eeli Tolvanen, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) --- D Max Gildon, USA-U18s (USNTDP) B-Level Prospects: F Shane Bowers, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) F Grant Mismash, USA-U18s (USNTDP) C-Level Prospects: C Evan Barratt, USA-U18s (USNTDP) RW Brannon McManus, Omaha Lancers (USHL) C Joshua Norris, USA-U18s (USNTDP) LW Michael Pastujov, USA-U18s (USNTDP) F Ryan Poehling, St. Cloud State Huskies (NCAA) --- D David Farrance, USA-U18s (USNTDP) D Jake Harrison, West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL) D Philip Kemp, USA-U18s (USNTDP) D Nate Knoepke, USA-U18s (USNTDP) D Cale Makar, Brooks Bandits (AJHL) D Joshua Maniscalco, USA-U18s (USNTDP) D Luke Martin, Michigan Wolverines (NCAA) D Ian Mitchell, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) --- G Jake Oettinger, Boston University (NCAA) G Keith Petruzelli, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) G Cayden Primeau, Lincoln Stars (USHL) D-Level Prospects: F Wyatt Bongiovanni, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) LW Joseph Cassetti, USA-U18s (USNTDP) F Matthew Cassidy, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) F Noah Cates, Stillwater High Ponies (HS-MN) F Logan Cockerill, USA-U18s (USNTDP) RW Adam Dawe, Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL) F Charlie Dovorany, Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep (HS-MN) F Tyler Gratton, Chicago Steel (USHL) F Randy Hernandez, USA-U18s (USNTDP) F Logan Hutsko, USA-U18s (USNTDP) F Isaac Johnson, Anoka High Tornadoes (HS-MN) C Patrick Khodorenko, Michigan State Spartans (NCAA) F Jeremy Klessens, Olds Grizzlies (AJHL) F Marc MacLaughlin, Cushing Academy Penguins (HS-MA) RW Andrew Nedeljkovic, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) F Baker Shore, Chicago Steel (USHL) F Graham Slaggert, USA-U18s (USNTDP) RW Baron Thompson, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) F Adam Tisdale, Canmore Eagles (AJHL) F Jacob Tortora, USA-U18s (USNTDP) --- D Grant Anderson, Wayzata High Trojans (HS-MN) D Mike Anderson, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) D Jesse Bjugstad, Stillwater High Ponies (HS-MN) D Joshua Ess, Lakeville South High Cougars (HS-MN) D Tyler Inamoto, USA-U18s (USNTDP) D Joey Keane, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) D Matt Kirwan, Avon Old Farms High Winged Beavers (HS-CT) D Graham Lillibridge, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) D Griffin Mendel, Penticton Vees (BCHL) D Thomas Miller, USA-U18s (USNTDP) D Reilly Walsh, Chicago Steel (USHL) --- G Adam Scheel, USA-U18s (USNTDP)
  5. I think there's a lot of solid defenders who will end up being available, so I'd actually think Jokipakka is likely staying with us. It really depends on which way they wanna go with regards to selecting players. By the end of the day, they'll likely have 33-35 players and a number of extra draft picks, but an NHL roster only holds 23 players. If I'm George McPhee and his yet-to-be decided management team, I'm grabbing 18-20 or so legitimate NHL players (16-18 skaters, 2 goalies) and then using the rest of the picks on young players who need a change of scenery or the highest potential guys available. Those tweener players are the ones who give you a solid fallback in case of injuries, and are most likely to be the ones who outplay their original projections. Guys like Craig Smith are good players, but at 26 years old you know what you're getting, for better or worse. I would want to fill out the rest of my system with guys like Jesper Fast, Tomas Jurco, Seth Griffith, Josh Anderson, Jake McCabe, and Linus Ullmark, guys who are on the cusp of becoming NHLers and have a small chance of being impact players. Enough guys that you could start an AHL roster and have it made up of mostly guys on NHL contracts. Any big holes in the NHL roster can be filled with free agency. Maybe they won't be stars, but guys like Hudler, Stafford, Franson and Kulikov are quality players who are good stopgaps while the team is still building up star young talent. With the team being guaranteed a top-6 draft pick until 2020, they can focus on building a solid supporting cast for the young guns that will be coming in. From the Flames roster, since I don't see a guy available who'd be good enough to be worthy of filling a top 9 or top 4 role on the Las Vegas roster, I would go with using the Flames prospect pool to acquire a young player with potential. Right now that looks to be either Shinkaruk or Poirier, with an outside chance at it being one of Ferland, Culkin or Kulak depending on how they show this coming season. I mean, theoretically Las Vegas could select an impending free agent (the rule stipulates that teams have to make available 2 forwards and 1 defenseman of a certain caliber who are under contract, not that Vegas has to select a player under contract) but why do that when you could just fight for him in free agency?
  6. Ditto on the "password not recognized here" thing. Same password (new one that I got after following the instructions) but it only works if I log in at nhl.com and then open this page up. If I try it via this forum's login system, it says it's a wrong password.
  7. Hobby (a really expensive hobby, hence the ), but looking to make it fulltime at an NHL front office somewhere. Let's just say I'm looking.... I used to be able to spend more time building these lists every month, but working at 2 separate places (because it's expensive to buy tickets and games-on-demand) means it takes all of my time just watching the games. I tried to stop writing up these lists this year, but unfortunately I couldn't completely cut it off, I just love it too much . Again, the only reason I managed to have time to put this final list together was the fact I was let go at one of my jobs, leaving me with just enough extra time to get it out with three days to spare. In the end it's just my opinion, I have as many hits as I do misses like anybody. We'll see whether I can continue to provide these moving forward, but I appreciate and have always appreciated the fact that the gals and guys who frequent this board enjoy reading what I write. It's where everything started for me (back in 2011, good times) so if I do write anything prospect-related, there's no other place I'd put it. Eventually this will have to end like all good things (if not because I've moved on, then because my contract will stipulate that all information is proprietary knowledge of the team ) but for now I don't think it hurts. But yeah, I wouldn't change anything for the world (besides maybe learning to skate earlier so my NHL dreams weren't dashed at 11). I love hockey, partially because I'm so crap at it that the only way I can be around the sport is by watching games. Thanks for taking the time to read my stuff! I'm glad you found it useful and hopefully I can put out more next year!
  8. 6. Matthew Tkachuk: A 54. Tyler Parsons: B+ 56. Dillon Dube: A- 66: Adam Fox: B+ 96: Linus Lindstrom: A 126: Mitchell Mattson: A- 156: Eetu Tuulola: B+ 166: Matthew Phillips: B 186: Stepan Falkovsky: B+ Overall, as a neutral observer I would be very pleased with this draft. 6 players the Flames selected I would have taken in the top 65 picks or so, another I had ranked 96th, and the 12th best overager available in my opinion. That is a strong haul and I expect at least 2 NHL players and another 2 who are possible assets in trades if nothing else out of the entire group of 8.
  9. I think Tkachuk, for where this team is, was the right pick. I stress this a lot but as I'm not affiliated with anyone I have no need to protect my job or build a well-rounded team. I can rank who I feel is the best bet, whether by upside or safety, without having to fear for the consequences if they don't pan out. I don't think Tkachuk had the highest upside at pick 6. But I believe that given his smarts and style of play, he will be a top 6 NHL forward of some capacity. That, as stated above, gives him value and makes him a worthwhile pick anywhere from 4 to 12. Juolevi will also be an NHLer and I love his ability to move the puck and his skating. I had him lower because I think he's less of an offensive catalyst and more of a complementary player offensively. He will always be an elite two-way guy, but his offense might comes in spurts like Hamhuis, like Vlasic, because the style he plays is reliant on the ability of his teammates more than a more individualistic player like Sergachev. Normally I have a tendency to rank defensemen higher because they're more valuable if they pan out. This year that crop of forwards was just really really good and made it hard to set the rankings in stone. This draft, anyone from 3-12 could have gone anywhere, so I'd hesitate to call it a reach, and Vancouver picked for position a little in my opinion as well. I wouldn't do the same, but that's how the cards fell. Sergachev has ridiculous upside, but will need time to develop, and to be fair I predicted he'd be a top 8 pick. I just wouldn't take him that high. Windsor gave him a ton of leeway and I think that his adjustment to the NHL will take longer than the likes of Juolevi and Chychrun. Fabbro will be a steal, I'm very certain of that. After this NCAA season he'll be considered a bluechip prospect and in two years people will be wondering how some of the players selected ahead of him went that high. Chychrun was expected to dive, but I like to take the long view. One of the things I take into account is their talent level in midget and bantam. That talent normally doesn't just go away, and Chychrun still showed he had that talent. He just didn't do it consistently enough, but it's there, and so I am willing to hedge my bets and say that he'll live up to the billing previously exerted. This is far from a John McFarland situation, where it was readily apparent that his abilities were not translating as well to either the OHL game or his NHL projections as initially thought. You're probably thinking of Cassels. Dube was good but as a 17 year old was hard pressed to play big minutes on a Memorial Cup team with Draisaitl and Merkley by that point.
  10. Burke would approve of this decision, but that doesn't make it a Burke-driven decision. That's your mind trying to create a narrative to justify a decision that you don't agree with. Tkachuk has less question marks and his ceiling as a player is the same. Offensive production might always be a step below, but Tkachuk's ability to play the physical game gives him a dimension that Nylander lacks, just as Tkachuk lacks Nylander's dynamic skating. I'm far from the biggest proponent of Tkachuk, but he's unanimously rated higher than Nylander for a reason. I'm not privy to the Flames draft board, but if he's their BPA they can't skip him because he's a left winger and we need right wingers. ESPECIALLY not if they're wingers, which in my mind don't make a huge difference with the way the game is moving away from specialized positions. I would never advocate for Nylander over Tkachuk simply because one shoots right (and he spent the year on the LW anyways) while the other shoots left. If Tkachuk is higher, you have to take him regardless of position. The moment you deviate from the list just to fill a need, you undermine the whole scouting process and devalue the meaning of lists in the first place. Why bother having one if you have a set face you're gonna take regardless of anything else?
  11. A two or three year bridge at 5 million is still more reasonable and realistic for both than a 1 year bridge at 4.5 and an IOU, which was the original suggestion.
  12. Was supposedly a done deal until Mario saved the team. Kansas is probably no longer a major player in the expansion game. $500 million is a lot and Kansas would need a Bill Foley with similar pockets and a love of the city to get something done. The Sprint Center is also no longer shiny and new (although IMO it doesn't make that much of a difference as long as they built it right and not like the arenas from the late '90s, which were cost efficient but didn't hold up the same way some of the older arenas did and some of the newer arenas look like they'll do).
  13. Poirier is a '94 birthdate and would be treated as if his D+2 season was actually his D+3 season like the rest of his birth year. So next year will be his 3rd pro season and he will be eligible to be selected. As far as my understanding, the only prospects that are exempt from selection are Euros with 2 years or less in North America, NCAA graduates with 2 years or less under the minor league and NHL system, and any other North American draft picks from the '95, '96, '97, '98 and '99 birth years who haven't hit the minimum game thresholds to be considered a fulltime NHL player (i.e. Bennett had his contract activate last year, meaning that next season will be his 3rd professional season making him non-exempt from the draft). I don't think Smid would have been selected by an expansion team regardless, and odds are that the Flames will have other players exposed that can fill that exposure requirement. Sucks but them's the ropes.
  14. Neither Torey Krug or Reilly Smith have achieved the same level of performance as either of Gaudreau or Monahan. Thus, their leverage in their contract situations are not the same and you'd be wrong to pretend otherwise. Boston's core is well-established. Krug and Smith, while good players, are also not the kind of players that Boston will spend absurd money on because they are complementary players. Gaudreau and Monahan are our core players. Signing them to a lowball offer is not all positive like you say it is. First rule of gambling is that you better be prepared to lose whatever you're betting if you're going to do it. Are you willing to lose Gaudreau or Monahan if it came down to it? Because if you can't then you're going to lose that game of chicken. Because unlike in NHL 16, players and agents have their own personalities and goals. The NHL is a business. Gaudreau and Monahan are assets that, if I were GM, I would be looking to retain as much as possible. I would 11/10 times rather sign them to big money now and move other pieces around, because they are worth that much to my franchise and the goodwill I can generate with them in that manner is worth something more longterm than 2.5+ million or so on each in cap savings this year. I would never gamble on my core players like that, because that's how you build your way back to the bottom of the league. And again, it's illegal under the CBA to negotiate beyond the immediate next contract. Krug was signed last year with no guarantee of getting another offer (and if his career ended due to in jury, by jove you'd bet that Sweeney would punt him to the curb without a thought). You can't simply tell a player "Hey, listen, we're kinda stuck, if you could help us out by signing this deal now and we'll definitely get you big money next year", because that's prohibited under the CBA. Let me reiterate: that is a prohibited action and you run the risk of forfeiting millions of dollars and other forms of compensation, including possibly voiding said contract. Plus, why would a player pass up another $3 million just to help a team out? Players have a limited window of earning potential. That's a stupid thing to do from a fiscal perspective. You're advocating the possibility of signing Gaudreau/Monahan to a 1 year deal at about $2-3 million less than market value by guaranteeing them a bigger contract once the Flames have the cap and money. I'm telling you that's impossible.
  15. For clarification, only AHL years that occur after a player has turned 20 count. William Nylander, for example, played a year and a half in the AHL as an 18 and then 19 year old. Had he not played more than 10 games last season, he wouldn't have been eligible to be selected (even now he's still exempt as he falls under the "2 years or less"). Same thing with Julius Honka from Dallas, who was drafted in 2014 but born in '95 and played in the AHL immediately after being drafted. Players who played minor league hockey during what would have been years in which they were eligible to play in the junior leagues without special exceptions (such as an overager) do not have those seasons counted towards their number of pro seasons, as far as my understanding of the rules right now. Wotherspoon was a '93 and by this point has played 3 pro seasons, and is not exempt from being selected in the expansion draft, although I'd think that the Las Vegas team would be more interested in either a higher upside player or a more accomplished one from the Flames' particular roster at this point. Gillies should also be safe, as next year is his 2nd professional season.