Blömqvist Posted June 5, 2017 Share Posted June 5, 2017 To Tampa LW Sven Baertschi 5th overall pick To Vancouver LW Jonathan Drouin 14th overall pick At the draft... 14th overall pick + Columbus 2nd to move up towards the top-10 and draft C Elias Pettersson +sign Drouin and Horvat to whatever they want because they will be the offensive leaders of this franchise for the next decade The Lightning are faced with a very tough decision due to their cap woes. GM Yzerman has $17.5M in cap space to sign at minimum three forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender. Notable players still to sign are RFAs Jonathan Drouin, Ondrej Palat, and Tyler Johnson. Drouin scored 21 goals and 53 points this past year and by all accounts is due for a big raise. Many believe Yzerman can not sign all three of Drouin, Palat, and Johnson and still have enough cap to fill out the rest of his roster. Sven Baertschi, a scoring left winger like Drouin, had 18 goals and 35 points in 68 games last year and is signed for 1 more season at $1.85M. He should be able to score 20+ goals and 40+ points next season and at a bargain cost. Baertschi won't replace the offense that Drouin will likely produce, but he can score and should improve his offensive numbers at a much lower cost, thereby allowing Yzerman to re-sign Palat and Johnson and still fill out the rest of his roster.The intriguing part here for the Lightning is that they will jump up to the 5th overall pick and will be able to draft a very good player who will, in a few years time, be able to contribute while on an ELC. The Canucks drop down to the 14th overall spot due to the difference in talent and ceiling between Baertschi and Drouin (Top-6 LW vs legitimate 1st line LW), but a good player will still be available for the Canucks there. According to Bob McKenzie, who surveyed 23 NHL scouts to get a consensus ranking, he has this from 10-15: 10. Martin Necas 11. Elias Pettersson 12. Timothy Liljegren 13. Klim Kostin 14. Lias Andersson 15. Kristian Vesalainen It is plausible that at 14 the Canucks can draft the remaining playmaking centres Necas or Pettersson or even offensive defenseman Liljegren if they are available at that spot or they can use the Columbus second to move up to draft their choice of Necas, Pettersson, or Liljegren or possibly even get into the top 10. In this case, I propose that the Canucks trade the 14th overall pick and the Columbus second to move up and draft C Elias Pettersson, whom they are reported to be interested in. We won't have a Crosby or Ovechkin or McDavid, but we will have scoring depth and centre depth (in addition to the defense and goaltending that Benning has improved). Having Horvat, Pettersson, and Gaudette down the middle allows us to compete with the best teams in the league. Being lauded for their 200-ft games, they will smother the opposing offensive centres while still being able to score and produce. If Horvat becomes his own Bergeron, Pettersson becomes his own Zetterberg, and Gaudette becomes his own Kesler, our centre depth could be one of the best in the league. There are also several offensive gamebreakers on the wing who can create offense at any given moment in Drouin, Boeser, Dahlen, and Goldobin. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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