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Apr 3, 2017
Detroit Red Wings
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Vegas Golden Knights
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I suspect that Stevie is leaning Perfetti over Raymond or Drysdale at the moment, though Raymond has looked sharp through SHL Preseason and opening weekend. Drysdale is a wild card here, Stevie could lock up the right side of his D corp for years to come, have 2 all-around righties (Hronek and Seider), and have the PP/offensive dman in Drysdale. I think Drysdale would be a lock if he was left-handed.
Perfetti has too many similar traits to Brayden Point for that to be ignored, expect Perfetti scored at a higher rate than Point at the same age (not including the league offensive skews). Both are about 5'10 (though I've seen Perfetti measured in at 5'11 in some places), Perfetti is a little heavier now than Point was at the same age. Same "issues" with skating, similar vision, though Perfetti is known to have an elite brain and compete level, while Point had a better shot. There was also questions about Point's attitude, which Perfetti doesn't have.
Raymond is interesting because you see a combination of Landeskog, Marner, and Panarin in him, with that shot inside the dots, flip passes where he barely moves his hands, and fast feet. If you think Raymond's floor is Landeskog, then you have to take him at 4, because his ceiling is extremely high.
The Eichel package is about as close as you can get to a real package posted here. NYR is basically trading 1OA (who is a winger), a top 2 dman (he's probably a 1.5D, that on-ice shooting percentage is WAY above average which has helped contribute to his point totals, he could definitely get to 1A dman status though), and a #2 C for a 1C player.
At 23, Eichel is going to get better (he's not at his peak yet), while Laf won't get to Eichel level for at least 5 years (Laf is not in the Matthews/McDavid level, but above the Hirscher level), Eichel has also never played with the same level of talent NYR has on their team, imagine him with Panarin on his wing and what numbers he could put up. BUF needs to be looking a few years out if they move Eichel, which they'd do with Laf.
If I'm NYR, I don't do the trade. I think you've seen from this past SCF that depth is key, you need 4 lines to contribute, and you'd eat up some of that depth with this trade. I'd take your cash and look to add talent on lines 2-4, and also look to the future for contracts (Fox will need one soon, Kakko, etc). I don't think Eichel makes them a contender.