Joined: Jun 2017
I'm crossing my fingers for Liljegren, but if he's gone, I'd take the best available or even consider trading the pick and possibly something else for a good young player like Jonathan Drouin. I think to be successful in todays NHL you need at least 2-3 top end elite forwards, a number 1 defenseman and a top goalie. Obviously having all three of these is extremely hard to obtain, but I think if you can have 2 of the 3, you give yourself a good shot. Look at Pittsburgh, they had Crosby, Malkin and Kessel at forward and Murray in net, they didn't have that number one Dman because the other two made up for it. Chicago had Kane, Toews and Hossa at forward and Keith at D without a top end number one goaltender. The Wings currently have none of these, but they do have the framework. Mantha and Larkin are on their way and I still think Mrazek will be a top tier net minder in the NHL. There are three forwards I would target this summer if I were Holland and if he could get one or two of them, it would be huge: 1. Jonathan Drouin 2. Nathan Mackinnon 3. Andre Burakovsky. These three guys are all potential top end players that are on teams that could be in a position to trade. Tampa is going to have cap troubles and I think Yzerman hasn't forgotten about the whole Drouin thing last year. Washington is also going to have trouble fitting a lot of these contracts in (Kuznetsov, Orlov, Oshie, etc.). Now I heard for the longest time that Mackinnon was the only player off limits in Colorado, but lately I've read that he could be available for the right price. As much as it would pain Ken Holland and a lot of fans. I'd have all of our draft picks available if it means obtaining one or two of these players and also maybe shedding some salary via another trade with say Arizona or Vegas. This draft is obviously not deep and it could be the perfect opportunity to bolster the team through trade. Chances are that the player Holland would obtain by trading the #9 pick would be better than that pick would ever become given the weakness of this year's draft.