At 29, you are not targeting a position. You are just hoping there is still somebody you really like there. Tage Thompson was one of the last guys they really liked, so they made a move to get him. Same with Kostin. All things being equal, drafting a D-man first would make the most sense. But most of the mock drafts have one center or another as the best available player.
Look at the roster. The vast majority of those key guys were Blues draft picks. Armstrong has made a few rental leaves, like the unfortunate Ryan Miller trade, but he hasn't relied on deal-making to build his roster. I liked the Reaves deal to land Kostin. Pittsburgh paid a premium for a fourth-liner it didn't keep.
That is a huge trade up, No. 29 to top four. It would take other picks, perhaps next year's No.1, and a couple of the top prospects. If Ottawa keeps the fourth overall pick instead of giving it to Colorado so it can draft next -- when it figures to be in the lottery again -- it would need to get a ton.
It could play out that way. But remember, as long as the Blues have unused cap space, they will be in play to make improvements. If not this weekend, then July, in training camp or at the deadline.
Not really. All the people getting murdered daily in the city, THAT might be a turn-off, but it's not like New York and Los Angeles are crime-free zones.
The Blues have been one of the NHL's most consistently successful teams in recent years, in terms of winning games and making the bracket. Obviously they just had the one Final Four run. But when you look at what folks in Buffalo, Vancouver, Carolina, Colorado, New Jersey, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal and so forth have gone through, it does add some context.
Max Domi is a former 12th overall pick who scored 52 points as a rookie. While I agree that getting Galchenyuk for Domi was a terrific Arizona, I don't see how Blais+No.29 pick obviously tops Domi. Also, Galchenyuk had some off-ice issues and he remains unproven in the middle. He is a great bet for Arizona, but more of a speculative move for a team that expects to be in postseason play.
There is little Ryan Reaves can do to protect skilled players in today's NHL. The Penguins cited that as a reason for getting him . . . and then played him sparingly before sending him away. Ryan's best asset is his ability to hit with leverage. He skates well and he is a smart fourth-liner. I would think the Blues would welcome him back at the right price.
Let's see if he gets through the preseason in one piece. But as of now, he is healthy.
I would pick Edmonton. How do you trade Taylor Hall? And Jordan Eberle? Both were bad deals. Signing Lucic to all that money? Ouch.
The competition is fierce. Of those guys, Skinner would be the easiest to get. But he has an expiring contract, so he has less value to a Blues team that is still a season away from having peak talent under the cap.
This weekend could help tell that story. Those chips could be in play. I do know other teams like Blais, from what I have heard from scouts.
No, there was a little bit of chatter about the Blues trying to trade up to that spot. But I would consider it a long shot, give the importance of that pick to Ottawa.
Well, if the Senators pass on picking this year for the hope of winning the lottery next year . . . wow, that confirms that you are no only tanking this season, you are expecting to be bad for a while. They could pass on that pick, had bad draft and end up back at No. 4 next year.
Almost zero chance Parayko gets traded this weekend. The Oilers would love to get him, but neither side appears inclined to engage such a high-level deal.
I can't imagine the Oilers doing that.
An interesting player who divides scouts is power forward Serron Noel. Some teams like him in the upper half of the first round, others seem him as a second rounder. He is a big guy with skills but still developing his feel for the game.
I don't see a rush with Bortuzzo. This team figures to move on from Gunnarsson and Bouwmeester after this season, unless one or both plays really well and is willing to return on a one-year deal for limited money. Bortuzzo has improved his value during his time here, but i wouldn't say he has played his way into the nucleus.