Feb 3, 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>TanSor</b></div><div>That's my worry as well, but holy moly the guy has found a really good NHL player in every single draft. Here's a rundown of the best players he has drafted each year:
2014: Sanheim, Lindblom
2015: Provorov, Konecny
2017: Patrick, Frost
Almost all of those guys went in the 1st round, but that's a pretty insane pool of talent to have. Provorov could be a Norris winner someday, Sanheim looks like a really good #2/#3 defenseman, Lidnblom has shown flashes of top 6 talent, Provorov could be a Norris winner someday, Konecny is definitely a top 6 player maybe even a bonafide 1st liner if he takes another step forward, Hart could be a Vezina winner someday, Patrick was the consensus #2 player after NJD took Hischier and he hasn't lived up to the hype but he does have a ton of talent, the jury is out on Frost and Farabee but both look like potential studs. I'd be so damn happy if we had players like that in our system. Hextall has made pretty solid trades, too. I'd really like if we hired him.</div></div>
Go read some of Charlie O'Connor's articles on The Athletic from last November, when Hextall was fired. He and Owner CL won't be a pair that can work together.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>TanSor</b></div><div>I'd LOVE Gusev, but why wouldn't Colorado just trade their 1st for him instead of Zucker? The upside is a lot higher with Gusev (and the downside is a lot lower) and Colorado is in a position to handle the risk. I think I'd just rather trade one of our young forwards for him if we want him.</div></div>
COL could easily trade for him, but it's like you said, it's all about risk. Zucker gives you a minimum of 20 goals on a bad year. We don't know what Gusev brings at the NHL level. He could be Panarin. He could be Nishnuskin (yes, probably somewhere in between). For a team that has a lot of pieces in place, but hasn't won anything, acquiring the known commodity, to me, seems like the way to go. If COL already had a couple of recent banners, then Gusev would definitely be the better option.
As for moving one of our younger players, we know Fenton isn't moving Fiala or Donato. It'd be foolish to move Kunin. That leaves EK and Greenway and I'm not ready to move either of those two for the mystery box. Even if the mystery box has more upside.