DownUndaCanuck Posted March 11, 2015 Share Posted March 11, 2015 It's no secret that the Canucks till need a big star center to replace Henrik Sedin in the future. Bo Horvat's looked good but we all know he's a 2nd line center at best in the future similar to Kesler, and who knows what will happen to McCann and Cassels but I doubt they'd be good enough to score 80+ points in the NHL ever during their careers - they're middle 6 two-way centers at best. As we're in the West we definately need a big, strong guy who can put up 70-90 points a season playing ahead of Horvat to give us a Getzlaf-Kesler, Kopitar-Carter punch down the middle. I say, target one of the Stromes. Ryan Strome in New York may be hard to pry off their top line, but could be had considering their amazing depth at center and the emergence of Brock Nelson and Anders Lee (who we could also go for). I'd much rather target Dylan Strome in the upcoming draft. He's just about leading the OHL in scoring and is a giant, so wouldn't be long (maybe 1 season in the OHL again) before he could make the jump to the NHL. TO NYI: Jensen + 1st + Stanton/Sbisa + McCann/Cassels (replacement center) TO VAN: Ryan Strome We essentially trade a 17th overall pick (Konecky, future 2nd line center) + a future top-6 forward who is ready to play next season + some defensive depth for a current top-6 forward and future first line center. Throw in Higgins if they want more. I doubt NYI does this trade anyway but it's worth a shot. Otherwise... At the 2015 draft, there are a lot of good centers there for the picking, IMO which can be split into 3 categories: A-grade centers: McDavid and Eichel (will go 1-2, don't even bother, no one's trading those picks) = generational talents B-grade centers: Marner, Strome, Zacha, Barzal = future top line centers C-grade centers: Konecny, Harkins, Merkley = future middle-6 centers There are also some good looking defencemen in Hanifin, Provorov, Roy, Werenski and Kylington who, depending on a team's needs, will go in the top-10 too. Now, as it currently stands in the standings, here's my predictions: Buffalo: McDavid Edmonton: Eichel Arizona: Hanifin (to replace Yandle) Toronto: Roy (they need defence, have Nylander/Kadri down the middle already) Columbus: Marner (everyone seems higher on him than Strome) Carolina: Strome Strome will likely go between 3 and 6 in the Draft, which is where we need to move up to in order to snag him. I'm saying we target the Toronto/Columbus/Carolina pick as they'd be much easier to snag than say Buffalo's or Arizona's top-3 picks. TO TOR/COL/CAR: 1st round pick (around 17th overall) + Shinkaruk + Cassels/McCann TO VAN: 1st round pick (4th-6th) Why we do this: We can afford to trade one of Cassels or McCann if we're getting Strome back, no questions asked. Shinkaruk hasn't really proven himself yet and with Baertschi coming in and Virtanen on the rise, he's the kid who's slowly getting squeezed out of our depth chart so he's expendable too. Why they do this: These teams are pretty lowly and if they get the chance to build up prospects, they'll take it. Cassels/McCann is a fantastic building block to have, Shinkaruk gives them a boost too and the 1st rounder is a McCann-like pick as well. These guys will take about 3 years to truly develop but these teams have time and are in full-rebuild anyway. Strome may not make the team next season (I'd hope not), but in 3-5 years time when the Sedins are down to 30-40 points a year and Hovat's up scoring 30 goals, 60 points, we'll still need a top line center if we want to go far into the playoffs. Here's our new lineup with Strome in: Baertschi - Strome - Virtanen (skill - size - speed) Jensen - Horvat - Kassian (all huge forwards, all have skill) Sedin - Sedin - Matthias (keep Matthias around as for his size with the ageing twins) Bonino - Cassels/McCann/Gaunce - Kenins/UFA Edler - Tanev Hamhuis - Corrado Sbisa - Clendening Lack Markstrom? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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