VancouverHabitant Posted July 5, 2022 Share Posted July 5, 2022 Picture this, Shane Wright, Slavkovsky, and Logan Cooley go 1-2-3. Seattle takes Simon Nemec at 4. Then in a slight reach both Columbus and Philly go for a center in taking Savoie and Cutter Gauthier. Suddenly Ottawa is on the clock and we see Gary Bettman come to the stage, showered by boos from the raucous Montreal crowd. To Ottawa: Bo Horvat 15th overall pick To Vancouver: 7th overall pick Zach Ostapchuk (19 year old center prospect from Vancouver Giants) Dylan Gambrell (25 year old center) We use the 7th overall pick to take David Jiricek, the 6'3 right d-man that's in everyone's top 10 list. Zach Ostapchuk gives us a very good center prospect that's also 6'3 and had excellent WHL playoffs. Dylan Gambrell is a center who battles for a 3rd/4th line spot on the roster, needless to say a big downgrade from Bo Horvat. Bo Horvat then signs a long term extension with Ottawa that takes him close to home and gives them a legitimate top 6 forward who can be 2nd line center for them until 2-3 years down the line Tim Stutzle or Josh Norris are ready to take over. Ottawa is closer to being a playoff team and still has an excellent 21 year old center prospect in Shane Pinto. Vancouver walks away weaker in the faceoff circle and with an opportunity for someone new to take the bumper spot on the power play. Our cap situation is solved this year and in the future, and we can sign JT to a significant 6 year extension to be our number 1 center/new captain. We get a potential top pairing RD, an excellent center prospect, and a stop gap in our lineup until we find a better center solution in the future. We have about 9 million in cap space to re-sign Highmore and Lammikko and potentially try and take advantage of a cap-strapped team later in the summer/season. Flame away! 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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