We've had the draft before, the Marty Reasoner Draft. Given these renovations and the success of the Winter Classic, I could see if coming back around.
I keep picking against Vegas and I will do so again. So all those folks who made the 500-to-1 bet should be excited.
Ray Bennett landed in Colorado, where he helped revive that power play. Rick Wilson rejoined Ken Hitchcock for one year and then retired. That didn't go as well as Bennett landing in Colorado. I'm not sure what became of Steve Thomas.
Yes, the Blues will need more depth on D, where Reinke and Walman figure to be key players. I'd like to see Niko Mikkola there as well. Not sure if Lindbohm will return to Europe or give the NHL one more try. Schmaltz could be a trade chip or the No. 7 D-man here.
Husso figures to be the guy in San Antonio. That is a man's league. Fitzpartrick fits in the progression right behind him, perhaps three years removed from the NHL.
Both Phoenix and South Florida are questionable markets, so those franchise could end up in Houston and Quebec City. I see the NHL staying at 32 and trying to find better hopes for those two teams and perhaps Carolina some day.
It would have to be an elite offensive player, but, yes, it would make sense. This team does have some offensive talent rising, but another true catalyst at the right age could fit the build-up well.
That is a little over the top, but, sure, teams will steal some of those ideas to improve their game day presentation. Anything to get fans in the door at NHL prices.
Well, he needs to prove he can play in the NHL and I expect him to see NHL time next season. How much time depends on the other two guys, Allen and Hutton or Hutton's replacement.
The Blues will keep pushing for the All-Star Game in my opinion. Stillman's group is well-liked by the league and, again, the Winter Classic here was a hit.
Nothing really comes to mind, off the top of my head.
He is a UFA, looking for big money and term. At age 35, some teams will be more interested than others. There is some speculation that he favors the NYC and perhaps Lamoriello could get him for the Islanders as part of the Tavares courtship.
A couple of staffs back, yes. And Montreal became a disaster, but not due to Muller's coaching.
Not sure Ryan would address the offensive shortfall. There is money for an impact forward.
Most teams are pretty deep into this stuff. Arizona hired a numbers guy at GM and the results have been horrendous to this point. Toronto just hired a young numbers guy. Not sure any team has proven way smarter than other teams at this.
They have already done much of that work. I believe they had a gathering in San Antonio to assess the state of the organization. At this point the attention is turned to final draft rankings and preparations for free agency.
Still plenty of work to do . . .
That is a possibility for the power play, although I believe this team is looking to add somebody much younger while trying to get faster.