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Forum: Armchair-GM22 hours ago
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Bf3351</b></div><div>So you want to wait an extra 5 or so years trying to draft our next Slava Voynov type player? Unless I'm misunderstanding you and you think Walker is going to be that guy?

We have the best pipeline in the league except we barely have any quality defense prospects. Sure I am willing to go your route and draft Perfetti if not Lafreniere, but if we trade some decent prospects and some good picks to acquire Sergachev and Deangelo we aren't losing a whole lot, in fact, probably gaining a lot considering there upside. I'd be willing to pay a little more for Deangelo like Iafallo, Walker, Madden, etc. But hey we'll probably draft a kid in his early 20s putting up 60 points like Deangelo and another kid full of heart with a lot of great attributes like Sergachev no problem right?! Only thing is, it could take 10 years to find that prospect. But waiting and hoping makes more sense than jumping on these great opportunities.....

Lucky for you Blake is lazy and very passive so you probably won't have to worry about it.</div></div>

I'm not saying that we shouldn't trade for quality defensive players, just that we shouldn't trade for them now. The Kings are in the middle of a rebuild and are currently in the cellar of the standings, meaning their 1st round picks are worth a premium. I think 5 years is too long to bring in defensive help, but 2 or 3 years isn't. So if we're going to trade 1st round picks and quality prospects (which is what it will take to acquire the young big fish you're targeting), we should do it when our 1st round pick is in the 20-25 overall range instead of in the 2-6 overall range.

All of the Kings top tier prospects are between 18-20 years old right now. There's no rush. We can afford to wait a few seasons to put it all together. Why not see what Grundstrom, Kupari, Roy, Walker, etc. turn into before we write them off as spare parts? I personally don't know if Walker will turn into Voynov, but he might...let's wait a season or two and find out.
Forum: Armchair-GMTue at 4:11 pm
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Bf3351</b></div><div>Rangers have Fox and Trouba. The only way they can fit Deangelo in is if they put him on the left side which means they'll be pairining him other offensive style defensemen which is not a quality option. If he is not traded he will be offersheeted. We have to try. We can afford to lose next years 1st. Ever since Vilardi got called up the Kings went 8-1-1, the whole team fed off of his energy. Add Turcotte, JAD, and Bjornfor to the mix and are whole team has a brand new energy. I wouldn't be surprised if we aren't that far from a wild card spot at the end of the season. Not saying we will be close to a playoff team, but no where near rock bottom.

If you are set on drafting a winger rather than a defenseman then this makes sense. We have what, Clague, Anderson, and Bjornfot and that's it. I guess I can't forget about spot fillers like Roy and Walker, but going after Sergachev and/or Deangelo makes a lot of sense.</div></div>

Teams can't afford to have six top-four defensemen. Spot fillers like Walker and Roy are necessary pieces in championship rosters. If the Kings pick up Sergachev and Deangelo, the Kings will have a defensive corps that could very easily top $30 million, but still have a very middling top six forward corps.

I agree that the Rangers might look to trade Deangelo, but they will get significantly better offers from contenders that include 1st round picks and quality prospects. They're not going to trade him for some spare parts and a former 1st round pick that had a disappointing season. The pieces that the Rangers would want in return are likely on the Kings untouchable list (1st round picks, Kaliyev, Bjornfot, etc.)

Sure, the team looks like it's trending in the right direction, but i wouldn't get too excited about a 10 game stretch of play. A lot of teams took the Kings for granted and expected an easy 2 points. As the Kings make steps in the right direction, teams will stop expecting an easy win and come prepared. Sure, they could be the surprise team of the season, but they could just as easily be the 2021 version of the Buffalo Sabres. If they are in a playoff spot at next year's trade deadline, then I would be prepared to consider trading away the 2021 1st rounder for immediate help, but not before.

The Kings defensive corps currently looks like this:

????-Doughty (top pair capable guys)
Bjornfot-Walker (middle pair capable guys)
Anderson-Roy (bottom pair guys)
Clague-Durzi-MacDermid (fringe NHLers)

Assuming Ryan and Hutton dont' return, they'll likely sign a veteran free agent to fill in on the left side in the short term until they can find a better option. I don't think they'll try to make a big splash this summer. Maybe next summer after they've made some progress and their draft picks aren't as premium as they are now.
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>OldNYIfan</b></div><div>Anaheim could win one of the lotteries, draft anywhere from fourth to sixth, or drop as far as ninth with really bad luck. Give me your list of preferences from 1 through 9. (NB: If you put the wrong guy at #1, we're not going to pay any attention to anything else you say.) Here's my list:

2. Stutzle
3. Drysdale
4. Raymond
5. Holtz
6. Byfield
7. Quinn
8. Schneider
9. Holloway

What's yours?

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The Ducks have been missing a #1 defenseman since Niedermayer retired. I could see it being a coin flip between Byfield and Drysdale if they pick at #2, but if they pick below that, Drysdale should be their first choice. Recent articles that I have read on <em>The Athletic</em> describe him as the second coming of Drew Doughty.

If the Kings draft in the top 5 and take Drysdale, I'll be very upset. True, they're not very deep at RHD, but they have 3 NHL quality defensemen in the system right now in Doughty, Walker, and Roy, and that's likely not changing in the next 5 or 6 seasons. They can pick up another defensive prospect in the 1st round in a couple years. After Kaliyev, they don't have ANY top-six quality natural wingers under the age of 25 (I'm still not sold on Fagemo). Yes, they could move several players from center to wing, but that still robs them of top-quality wing talent.

As you said, the #1 overall pick is obvious, but after that, I would prefer they take Stutzle or Perfetti. I'd be ok to a lesser degree with one of Raymond or Holtz. I'm not sold on Byfield either, but I would only be disappointed (not upset) if they took him, as he had been the unanimous #2 for quite a while, even if he has been trending downward lately.
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