After the first handful of guys -- Price, Holtby, Bobrovsky, probably Matt Murray -- it's anybody's guess as to how the next 15 or so stack up. Some great goaltenders had bad years last year. Allen was great post-Hitchcock and his potential for this season is vast, but the long track record is not there. He will go high in some drafts and late in others.
Still not sure about them down the middle, since it's yet to be proven that Schenn can play center. Aside from Stastny, there is no face-off stud on this team. And how will the PP come together with Schenn moving in and Shattenkirk being gone? What kind of second PP unit will this team have?
They would want Walman or Dunn and, I would guess, one of the better young forwards plus a first-round pick. And while the fit would be great here, there is the cap issue.
Given what the Penguins spent to get him, I expect Pittsburgh to keep him unless he gets hurt.
This team has a competitive window that is wide open for the next five years. So, yes, I could see him getting a contract that reflects that.
Perhaps, but again Schenn still has to prove he can play well 5-on-5 at center. Left wing is an option for him too.
Parayko did that, but he dominated at Traverse City and starred throughout the preseason. That is a high bar to meet for a player trying to adapt to a much different level.
He is a volume shooter, so it could happen if the PP takes off and he has a bit more puck luck. But it would take an outlier shooting percentage in today's NHL, given the emphasis on back checking and shot blocking
Beau got playing time on a stunningly bad offensive team in New Jersey and scored 19 points. Minutes will be harder to come by for him here. He has Top 9 potential, but he has never sustained production at this level. It has only come in spurts.
Cant' see why Toronto makes that deal. The Leafs have plenty of depth. They need a Top 4 D-man to make that trade.
Rutherford. He would go Tank Abbott and bull rush.
The money here would have to be a bit lower to stay. He is a solid center for your team in the Top 9, but not at those dollars.
It can be done, for a while, it's just not easy. And as others have noted about JT, it's not like this is an obvious destination for him.
Indeed. Ben Bishop will make that team a whole lot better. Radulov is a great fit and Hitch will have them checking. Also, he will prime the media pump.
I'd take McDavid over Crosby, just on the durability issue. Burns is up there too.
Yeah, Allen's aggregate save percentage last year was just average. He needs to consistently hit .920 or better to be elite.
It's not like they are asking him to move to defense. Most of the top Blues forwards can play multiple spots. What I don't know about him is his faceoff ability -- just 24 last year, with 13 wins.
No, because Colton will never play with that edge.