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Forum: Armchair-GMNov 4, 2019 at 5:44
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>exo2769</b></div><div>I think Josh Brook is a solid prospect. I'm slightly concerned how Ian Mitchell will take that. He could stay in Denver for another year if he doesn't think he has a path to NHL ice time. I like the target and including Smith. MTL can take that cap. Heck, I'd even take a Dale Weise back so long as Smith's 2nd year is gone. I'd prefer a different prospect of additional picks vs Josh Brook. Nothing against him.

I'm not a fan of the Nylander Trade. I understand your thought process. TOR's weaknesses are Grit, RD defensive Dman, and a backup goalie. I still don't think TOR does it. Ceci isn't playing as poorly as most people believe and Nylander still has the highest upside out of all those people. With that said...as a Hawks fan I'm not a big fan of it either. There's just better players with much smaller cap hits to target than William.</div></div>

Everything I’ve seen from Leaf fans, which is mostly from SDP and twitter, is that Ceci is barley a bottom pair guy. Murphy’s an upgrade on him and could arguably be their best RHD. Crow would allow them to not play Anderson 70 games a season and Cags is a guy that can play up and down the lineup much like Connor Brown was for them. Nylander just got benched by Babcock and is coming off a down year, he also really improves the Hawks team speed. I think if you played him on a line with a couple of two way forwards with offensive upside he would really thrive much like his brother Alex.

As far as Brook. He and Mitchell could both play next year in the top six for the hawks assuming they trade Murphy and sit Seabrook. Plus I think the Hawks would show more loyalty to Mitchell considering he was a draft pick by the hawks.

Those are just my thoughts.
Forum: Chicago BlackhawksJul 24, 2019 at 6:47
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>exo2769</b></div><div>1.) Too early to tell. At the time of the draft I was a Bowen Byram guy. I can admit that. I did see a lot of posts saying the COL was going to draft Dach almost hands down, but we'll never know if that's true. I'm happy with what I've seen. Obviously, I like his size. I've been impressed with his speed. He's not going to out pace McDavid or Larkin, but being able to run down another much smaller forward is solid speed.
2.) The Best steal of this past draft? Hmm.... Again too early to tell. I liked Moberg's Friday scrimmage. I wasn't expecting much, but noticed him...whatever that means 3-4 years from now.
3.) The Hawks go pure best available in 2020. Their positional depth is pretty solid right now.
4.) Good question. He's going to get a full year in Rockford and learn how to be a middle 6 player IMO. He has a shot of making the team next year, but keep him with Reece Johnson and let them develop together. He's an example of a guy not to rush. Let him develop slowly.
5.) Skogs was really good. I hope they sign him. That might mean Nalimov requests a trade...or Stan just lets him leave, but who knows. Maybe Nalimov never comes over at all???
6.) I think Gravel and Slavin are the (2) biggest under-rated players in their system. People know about Kurashev now...he was my pick last year and I'm excluding him now. 3rd place under-rated is Galvas.
7.) Solid question and I think it's different for everyone, but that's kinda the answer. Their flexibility. Strome was moved around a ton in AZ. I don't just mean line to line...I mean city to city...coaching staff to coaching staff. In Strome's case providing consistency was key. Also, realizing that if you're a #3OA pick...you should have them in a Top 6 role. Maybe that's Top 6 in the OHL or AHL, but don't put him on the 4th line in the NHL. That's not who he is and those shouldn't be his type wingers. Another example is Panarin. Don't forget that he went undrafted. Yeah yeah, his talent is obvious now, but let's give credit to pairing him game 1 with Kane. There's a reason Panarin gave Kane a Rolex. It's putting him in a position to succeed. Saad next to Toews/Hossa? Again, a position to succeed.
8.) Dach/Boqvist is the answer. I also want to see Slavin at Colorado College and Ian Mitchell. 5th is Aleski Saarela.</div></div>

You were a Byram guy, I was leaning towards Turrcotte, but have you seen how those two performed compared to Dach in their respective development camps/how NHL ready they are compared to Dach?