YesWeCanNux Posted July 2, 2015 Share Posted July 2, 2015 I'm not overly thrilled with a lot of the moves we are making but overall I like the direction we are heading in. It's hard the gauge our off season when teams around us are making bold moves but if you look at OUR direction in the past few years it looks positive with regards to prospects. It's not all that long ago that we had Schroeder and Jensen pencilled into line ups and widely considered them our up and coming core. We went years with top picks of: 2007- White, Ellington 2008- hogdson sauve 2009- Schroeder, Rodin, connauton 2010- McNally (4th round) 2011-Jensen, honzik, Grenier Since that we have 2012- Guance, Hutton 2013- Horvat, Shinkaruk, Cassels, Subban 2014-Virtanen, McCann, demko 2015- Boeser, Brisebois And baertschi and vey through trade. We criticized management for years for trading away picks, not drafting well and for not letting players develop and now we are starting to get that. We seem to be in a much more Detroit like mind set were players will develope and work their way through solid competition on to the team. I could potentially see several of the 2012 and on players making the team individually but each will have to fight through tough competition to get there. (save Horvat who, by all accounts, is garenteed a roster spot.) Keeping these vets on the team only adds to that depth and competition and if by chance a rookie takes that job, it is earned AND we likely get an additional asset through trade. This is not to say all of our recent picks will become stars or even regular NHLers but we finally have some legitimate competition amongst our prospects. This also saves us from burning first contract years on players that are not ready to make a significant contribution to the team. If say next year we have 3 or 4 players legitimately ready to make that jump we can use those dollars saved on bringing in those additional pieces needed to truly contend. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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