Aug. 8, 2017
Columbus Blue Jackets
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pwisch17</b></div><div>Yeah, if we still had Dubois we would need to a 1C, but he’s gone. Sillinger ain’t Dubois. He is 5’10, 200lbs. His dads 5’10”, his brother is 5’10”, his grandpa is 5’10”. Dubois was a man child. Nothing against Sillinger, he’ll be a fine player, but he ain’t Dubois.
You gotta give to get. Laine is an elite scorer, we all know, but he is not a complete player by any stretch of the imagination. His value as an elite scorer is what it will take to land a 1C.
Johnson looks great! One the wing. I hope he’s our 1C too, but right now his ability to play center in the NHL is a complete unknown, and plenty of scouts think he’s a better wing already.</div></div>
Ok, trade Laine and package including Marchenko or Bemstrom, but need to keep Sillinger. His maturity and compete level are what will set him apart, not his height.
I was thinking there was no way that the Jackets could land Shane Wright with the Chicago pick in 2022, since the condition is that if Chicago win either of the 2 lottery draws, they can keep the pick. Well, if Chicago finishes last in NHL (not likely, but possible), and doesn’t win either of the drawings (and the top pick drawing goes to a team below 10th, then the Jackets would land that top pick from Chicago and take Shane Wright.
Game changer. I think that would definitely lead to Bowman’s firing. And a new era in Columbus.
Honestly, it probably is not a good fit.
I really like Fiala.
Unfortunately, the Jackets brought Roslovic in because he is a hometown hockey product, to help solidify the team and bring guys who genuinely want to play here in Columbus.
It helps immensely that he has talent and is a center.
Fiala is a winger, and right now the Jackets have an abundance of wingers and very few true centers (Bjorkstrand, Voracek, Laine, & Nyquist).
Jenner is excelling now at center, but he really prefers LW.
They tried Texier and Domi at center, but they both seem to play much better on the wing (LW).
Which leaves Jenner, Roslovic, Kuraly, and Cole Sillinger as the most viable center options right now.
Otherwise, the trade would probably be a good one.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Xspyrit</b></div><div>Even if you hate Myers, it's only 2 years and you'd be getting one of these :
<em>1. Shane Wright, C, Kingston (OHL): The undisputed gem of the draft, Wright is a powerful pivot with character who can dominate at both ends of the ice.
2. Logan Cooley, C, NTDP (USHL): High-end Notre Dame commit combines speed and smarts to create turnovers and burn opponents with his offensive prowess.
3. Juraj Slafkovsky, LW, TPS (Fin.): This kid has 'future beast' written all over him and playing against men has kept him sharp. Talented Slovakian plays with snarl.
4. Ivan Miroshnichenko, LW, Omsk (Rus.): International sensation has speed and high-end offensive skill, plus a projectable frame. Playing against men back home in Russia's farm league.
5. David Jiricek, D, Plzen (Cze.): Put on an absolute show early on in the Czech League season, proving he could bring offense, mobility and poise from the back end.
6. Joakim Kemell, RW, TPS (Fin.): Red-hot start to season saw him lead the Liiga in scoring. Kid has a wicked release and will be a weapon at world juniors.
7. Conor Geekie, C, Winnipeg (WHL): His combination of size and skill are hard to find in a pivot and I believe NHL scouts are going to fight over him. Geekie is playing for a wagon of a team in Winnipeg.
8. Simon Nemec, D, Nitra (Svk.): Steady, all-around blueliner putting up numbers in Slovakian League after dominating at summer's under-18 Hlinka-Gretzky tournament.
9. Matt Savoie, C, Winnipeg (WHL): Putting up excellent numbers on that stacked Ice team. True competitor with loads of skill was great with USHL Dubuque last season.
10. Brad Lambert, RW, TPS (Fin.): Slow start in the Liiga, but Lambert was excellent at last year's world juniors and his skill, skating and compete level will triumph eventually.</em>
I don't know if you watched the last WJC but Brad freaking Lambert is 10th on that list...
As you can see in my post N.3, I'd be ready to give another 2nd, leaving Rathbone to them and even take another cap dump... and even then, it would still be a total STEAL</div></div>
Don't think this would ever happen, even for a sub-par GM in the NHL.
Teams like Vancouver do not trade off a potentially high 1st round pick to dump a player like Myers. That is a recipe for disaster.
They fall on the sword, take their lumps this year, and draft a potentially franchise-changing player like those listed.
2022 will be a deep draft again, and any of the top 6-7 players could be NHL ready.
Heck, look at Columbus drafting Sillinger at 12th (11th really since Arizona lost their pick), he is the real deal, I can't believe the 5 or 6 teams from #5-10 passed on him).
Lose, get a high pick, pick well, and then buy out Myers in the off-season (VAN has very little payroll now in the buyout bucket, so they can afford to do so...AND the cap may increase in 2022).
I could see them holding Domi until TDL, and if he doesn’t fit their plans and they are out of contention, then trading him for most likely pick(s).
The reality in Columbus is that the Jackets have so many young and talented players coming up, they will need to find slots for them very soon. They have drafted very well lately.
Chinakhov appears to be a gamer, Hofmann also is showing signs of sticking around. Bemstrom, Texier, Robinson, etc.
Next year Johnson & Marchenko try to win a spot.
Heck, they can’t even get Foudy into the lineup now.
So I don’t see Jackets making a trade like this now.
And who knows, Domi was starting to find his game and scoring touch, he may just stay around beyond this year.