REDRAFTING: 2010 NHL Entry Draft

1.jpg

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

The famous Taylor vs Tyler draft. Some great draft choices were made and some very poor draft choices were made this year, lets see how your team did!

# Team Selected Hockey GM Advice Re-draft
1 Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall Taylor Hall (1)
2 Bostin Bruins Tyler Seguin Tyler Seguin (2)
3 Florida Panthers Erik Gudbranson Evgeny Kuznetsov (26)
4 Columbus Blue Jackets Ryan Johansen Vladimir Tarasenko (16)
5 NY Islanders Nino Niederreiter Jeff Skinner
6 Tampa Bay Lightning Brett Connolly Ryan Johansen (4)
7 Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner Mikael Granlund (9)
8 Atlanta Thrashers Alexander Burmistrov Mark Stone (178)
9 Minnesota Wild Mikael Granlund Jaden Schwartz (14)
10 NY Rangers Dylan McIlrath John Klingberg (131)
11 Dallas Stars Jack Campbell Cam Fowler
12 Anaheim Ducks Cam Fowler Brendan Gallagher
13 Phoenix Coyotes Brandon Gormley Justin Faulk
14 St.Louis Blues Jaden Schwartz Tyler Toffoli (47)
15 Los Angeles Kings Derek Forbort Charlie Coyle(28)
16 St.Louis Blues/td> Vladimir Tarasenko Brock Nelson (30)
17 Colorado Avalanche Joey Hishon Jason Zucker (59)
18 Nashville Predators Austin Watson Nino Niederreiter (5)
19 Florida Panthers Nick Bjugstad Nick Bjugstad (19)
20 Pittsburgh Penguins Beau Bennett Ryan Spooner (45)
21 Detroit Redwings Riley Sheahan Frederik Anderson (187)
22 Montreal Canadiens Jared Tinordi Kevin Hayes (24)
23 Buffalo Sabres Mark Pysyk Brett Connolly (6)
24 Chicago Blackhawks Kevin Hayes Micheal Ferland (133)
25 Florida Panthers Quinton Howden Zach Hyman (123)
26 Washington Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov Bryan Rust (80)
27 Phoenix Coyotes Mark Visentin Riley Sheahan (21)
28 San Jose Sharks Charlie Coyle Radko Gudas (66)
29 Anaheim Ducks Emerson Etem Joonas Donskoi (99)
30 NY Islanders Brock Nelson Devante Smith-Pelly (42)

How To Repair The Ottawa Senators

Embed from Getty Images

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

Over the past few years this team has been going down hill fast. From #Melnykout, to threatening wives, to bad trades, to Uber talks this list can go on and on. This team is also failing to sell out their arena, even when they were in the Eastern Conference Finals! Now, thats just not right, when teams can sell their cheapest ticket for $1000 in the playoffs and still manage to sell out, while Ottawa’s prices are no where near that amount. But it begs the question, what will make fans show up to see and support the Senators? Well, that my fellow readers, is what we are here to determine!

Let’s start with the minor details before getting into the major ones.

First off, the arena. I don’t know if any of you have ever attended an Ottawa Senators game, but the arena is 30 minutes outside the city, in no traffic, about an hour in traffic. Not easy to make in time for a 7:30pm game if you work until 5. And getting out of the parking lot at the arena after the game is a NIGHTMARE! Be prepared to be waiting in a line of cars for over an hour. But with plans in place to build an arena in LeBreton Flats in Ottawa will solve this issue.

Next off the food/beer prices. While prices may be cheaper in this arena than most, if you want people to be buying, maybe lower your prices! If im paying $30 for a poutine and a drink, that is far more than i want to be spending after spending $100 on a ticket. One thing that is very popular they do is, on Thursdays, they offer $1 hot dogs and small drinks before 7pm and I dont know about you but I made sure to be there in time for that and stuff as many into me as I could! And if you think they are losing money on this promotion, think again. They are most likely purchasing in mass bulk where it costs at most 10 cents per hot dog and 2 cents per drink, so even at this price they have massive margins. So perhaps doing a discounted pizza night or poutine night will drive in more fans as well.

But onto the major issues, first off, one of my favourite quotes from Melnyk is “If we are competitive we will spend to the cap, but if we aren’t, we wont spend the money”. Well, Melnyk, If you aren’t spending to the cap in this era, you aren’t competitive. Their 9 million in cap space most years is almost enough to bring in a player like Ovechkin. Spending that money is the opportunity to bring in an elite free agent who is a difference maker.

Next, the coaching. While Boucher’s coaching style has been proven to win games, its just not exciting to watch. It’s boring, play conservative, defence hockey. Not fun at all to watch. For this team to get exciting they need a coach who for the time being, will play some run and gun, rack up the scoreboard. I dont know about you, but personally i would rather see a 7-6 LOSS than a 1-0 WIN. Much more exciting to watch!

Lastly, the superstar effect. Attending these games, you will see that sadly, the majority of the people there, are most likely cheering for the other teams. And even if are not, they are there to see the superstars on the other teams! People show up to see McDavid, Matthews, Crosby, Ovechkin, these names just sell seats because these players are flashy and exciting to watch! And while the Senators had arguably the leagues best defenceman in Erik Karlsson in the past, and currently have one of the leagues best power forwards in Bobby Ryan, I mean Mark Stone, these guys just arent “flashy”. Heading into a rebuild after all the fans chose to stop showing up doesnt help much either. So the organization needs to do something to get these fans excited! And what makes matters worse is they gave away their opportunity to get possibly another franchise player in Jack Hughes by giving away their first round pick in this years draft for Matt Duchene, who, in all likelihood is gone next season. This team needs to get a player in the organization that is new, exciting, and skilled! They drafted Brady Tkachuk who was very good this season before injury which will help for sure, but what they need to do trade Stone & Duchene for some high end prospects they will excite fans, and go ALL IN on free agents Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky and of course, former captain, ERIK KARLSSON. Get a player who is going to make you jumped up out of your seats and say WOW! Remember the Hamburgler? He sold out that arena every night during his run! We need that excitement again!

While Panarin has expressed he would like to go to a large market team, all Canada markets are large, they just need to entice the fans to come and if Melnyk dug into those pockets im sure they could offer Panarin a pretty penny! Bobrovsky would most likely not want to join a rebuilding team right now, but if fellow countryman Panarin went there it would certainly help. Also of course, if Karlsson resigns, his name alone brings excitement to other players to come as well.

What does everyone think?

REDRAFTING: 2009 NHL Entry Draft

1.png

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

2009 featured some pretty elite talent, but did teams draft properly? Let’s take a look at what the draft should have looked like in the first round!

# Team Selected Hockey GM Advice Re-draft
1 NY Islanders John Tavares John Tavares (1)
2 Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman Victor Hedman(2)
3 Colorado Avalanche Matt Duchene Matt Duchene (3)
4 Atlantha Thrashers Evander Kane Ryan O'Reilly (33)
5 Los Angeles Kings Brayden Schenn Brayden Schenn (5)
6 Phoenix Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson Oliver Ekman-Larsson (6)
7 Toronto Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri Nazem Kadri (7)
8 Dallas Stars Scott Glennie Evander Kane (4)
9 Ottawa Senators Jared Cowen Ryan Ellis (11)
10 Edmonton Oilers Magnus Paajarvi Marcus Johansson (24)
11 Nashville Predators Ryan Ellis Nick Leddy (16)
12 NY Islanders Calvin De Hann Tyson Barrie
13 Buffalo Sabres Zack Kassian Kyle Palmieri (26)
14 Florida Panthers Dmitri Kulikov Mike Hoffman (130)
15 Anaheim Ducks Peter Holland Jakob Silfverberg
16 Minnesota Wild Nick Leddy Anders Lee (152)
17 St. Louis Blues David Rundlad Tomas Tatar (60)
18 Montreal Canadiens Louis Leblanc Reilly Smith (69)
19 NY Rangers Chris Kreider Dmitri Orlov (55)
20 New Jersey Devils Jacob Josefson Mattias Ekholm (102)
21 Columbus Blue Jackets John Moore Chris Kreider (19)
22 Vancouver Canucks Jordan Schroeder Craig Smith (98)
23 Calgary Flames Tim Erixon Sami Vatanen (106)
24 Washington Capitals Marcus Johansson David Savard (94)
25 Boston Bruins Jordan Caron Robin Lehner (46)
26 Anaheim Ducks Kyle Palmieri Cody Eakin (85)
27 Carlina Hurricanes Philippe Paradis Erik Haula (182)
28 Chicago Blackhawks Dylan Olsen Richard Panik (52)
29 Tampa Bay Lightning Carter Ashton Casey Cizikas (92)
30 Pittsburgh Penguins Simon Despres Dmitri Kulikov (14)

REDRAFTING: 2008 NHL Entry Draft

 http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Zach+Bogosian/Steven+Stamkos/NHL+Entry+Draft+Portraits/OglC_R2F_UW

http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Zach+Bogosian/Steven+Stamkos/NHL+Entry+Draft+Portraits/OglC_R2F_UW

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

Let’s have a look at what the 2008 NHL draft could have looked like!

# Team Selected Hockey GM Advice Re-draft
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos Erik Karlsson(15)
2 Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty Steven Stamkos(1)
3 Atlanta Thrashers Zach Bogosian Drew Doughty(2)
4 St Louis Blues Alex Pietranngelo John Carlson (27)
5 Toronto Maple Leafs Luke Schenn Alex Pietrangelo (4)
6 Columbus Blue Jackets Nikita Filatov Jordan Eberle (22)
7 Nashville Predators Colin Wilson Roman Josi (38)
8 Phoenix Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Braden Holtby (93)
9 NY Islanders Joshua Bailey Cam Atkinson (157)
10 Vancouver Canucks Cody Hodgson Adam Henrique (26)
11 Chicago Blackhawks Kyle Beach Derek Stepan (51)
12 Buffalo Sabres Tyler Myers Joshua Bailey
13 Los Angeles Kings Colton Teubert Tyler Myers (12)
14 Carolina Hurricanes Zach Boychuck Gustav Nyquist (121)
15 Ottawa Senators Erik Karlsson Jake Gardiner (17)
16 Boston Bruins Joe Colborne Jake Allen (34)
17 Anaheim Ducks Jake Gardiner Jared Spurgeon (156)
18 Nashville Predators Chet Pickard Jason Demers (186)
19 Philadelphia Flyers Luca Sbisa Justin Shultz (43)
20 NY Rangers Michael Del Zotto T.J. Brodie (114)
21 Washington Capitals Anton Gustafsson Mikkel Boedker (8)
22 Edmonton Oilers Jordan Eberle Zack Smith (79)
23 Minnesota Wild Tyler Cuma Colin Wilson (7)
24 New Jersey Devils Mattias Tedenby Zach Bogosian (3)
25 Calgary Flames Greg Nemisz Travis Hamonic (53)
26 Buffalo Sabres Tyler Ennis Matt Calvert (127)
27 Washington Capitals John Carlson Marco Scandella (55)
28 Phoenix Coyotes Viktor Tikhonov Luke Schenn
29 Atlanta Thrashers Daltan Leveille Tyler Ennis (26)
30 Detroit Redwings Tom McCollum Michael Del Zotto (20)

BIGGEST STEAL IN 2008:

OTTAWA SENATORS GETTING ERIK KARLSSON

Columbus Blue Jackets getting Cam Atkinson at 157

Biggest Busts:

Nikita Filatov at #6

Cody Hodgson at #10

The Who The Hell Is This LIST:

Chet Pickard (18)

Anton Gustafsson (21)

Tyler Cuma (23)

Greg Nemisz (25)

Daultan Leveille (29)

Tom McCollum (30)

TRADE PROPOSAL: Blockbuster for the Leafs!

Embed from Getty Images

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

We are a few weeks away from December 1st which is when if Nylander is not signed by the Leafs he can no longer play this season. Well, Leafs fans will never like the idea, but it might be time to trade the young star. Here is a trade proposal that could benefit both teams.

While it is still taboo to do a trade within the conference, let alone the division, desperate times call for desperate measures. Who i believe the trade should be made with is the Florida Panthers, who’s start to the season has them tied for last place, so they could probably use a shake up.

Wth the signing of Tavares, the leafs enter win now mode, with their players young and skilled and there wont be a better time to win then in these next 1-3 years.

The Leafs will be sending William Nylander, Connor Brown, Josh Leivo and prospect Timothy Liljegren (with the signing of Rasmus Sandin makes him more expendable) to the Florida Panthers.

What will the Leafs get in return? Coming back is Aaron Ekblad, Dennis Malgin, Troy Brouwer & a 2nd round pick.

Why would both teams do this? Well lets take a look at potential lines and we can see why:

Leafs new lineup:

Marleau - Matthews - Kapanen

Hyman - Tavares - Marner

Johnsson - Kadri - Malgin

Lindholm - Gauthier - Brouwer

Rielly - Ekblad

Gardiner - Zaitsev

Dermott - Hainsey

Panthers new lineup:

Dadanov - Barkov - Nylander

Huberdeau - Trochek - Hoffman

Vatrano - Bjugstad - Brown

Leivo - Lammikko - Sceviour

Yandle - Petrovic

Matheson - Weegar

Kiselevich - Liljegren

Leafs get some strength to push back in the playoffs and that top 2 right handed defencemen they have always needed, and while the Panthers take a hit on the defence side, they massively improve their right wing!

What do you think?

REDRAFTING: 2007 NHL Entry Draft

1.jpg

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

Always fun to do a redraft! Lets take a look if the teams made a good or bad decision back in 2007!

# Team Selected Hockey GM Advice Re-draft
1 Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane Patrick Kane (1)
2 Philadelphia Flyers James Van Riemsdyk Jamie Benn (129)
3 Phoenix Coyotes Kyle Turris P.K Subban (43)
4 Los Angeles Kings Thomas Hickey Jakub Voracek (7)
5 Washington Capitals Karl Alzner Max Pacioretty (22)
6 Edmonton Oilers Sam Gagner Logan Couture (9)
7 Columbus Blue Jackets Jakub Voracek Ryan McDonagh (12)
8 Boston Bruins Zach Hamill Kyle Turris (3)
9 San Jose Sharks Logan Couture James Van Riemsdyk (2)
10 Florida Panthers Keaton Ellerby David Perron (26)
11 Caroline Hurricanes Brandon Sutter Wayne Simmonds (61)
12 Montreal Canadiens Ryan McDonagh Evgeni Dadanov
13 St. Louis Blues Lars Eller Kevin Shattekirk (14)
14 Colorado Avalanche Kevin Shattenkirk Mikael Backlund (24)
15 Edmonton Oilers Alex Plante Brandon Sutter
16 Minnesota Wild Colton Gillies Lars Eller (13)
17 NY Rangers Alexei Cherepanov Alexander Killorn (77)
18 St.Louis Blues Ian Cole Nick Bonino (173)
19 Anaheim Ducks Logan MacMillan Carl Hagelin (168)
20 Pittsburgh Penguins Angelo Esposito Jake Muzzin (141)
21 Edmonton Oilers Riley Nash Patrick Maroon (161)
22 Montreal Canadiens Max Pacioretty Sam Gagner (6)
23 Nashville Predators Jonathon Blum Alec Martinez (95)
24 Calgary Flames Mikael Backlund Karl Alzner (5)
25 Vancouver Canucks Patrick White Carl Gunnarsson (194)
26 St.Louis Blues David Perron Ian Cole (18)
27 Detroit Red Wings Brendan Smith Paul Byron
28 San Jose Sharks Nick Petrecki Riley Nash (21)
29 Ottawa Senators Jim O'Brien Justin Braun (201)
30 Phoenix Coyotes Nick Ross Thomas Hickey (4)

REDRAFTING: 2006 NHL Entry Draft

 https://thescoutingbureau.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/draft-mulligans-2006-nhl-draft-redo/

https://thescoutingbureau.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/draft-mulligans-2006-nhl-draft-redo/

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

It’s always fun to see where players could have gone and should have gone, so lets redraft the 2006 NHL Entry Draft! Make sure to click the links at the bottom to see Complete Hockey News’ & The Bandwagon Perspectives redraft as well

# Team Selected Hockey GM Advice Re-draft
1 St. Louis Blues Erik Johnson Nicklas Backstrom (4)
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Jordan Staal Jonathan Toews (3)
3 Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews Claude Giroux (22)
4 Washington Capitals Nicklas Backstrom Brad Marchand (71)
5 Boston Bruins Phil Kessel Phil Kessel (5)
6 Columbus Blue Jackets Derick Brassard Jordan Staal (2)
7 New York Islanders Kyle Okposo Bryan Little (12)
8 Phoenix Coyotes Peter Mueller Kyle Okposo (7)
9 Minnesota Wild James Sheppard Milan Lucic (50)
10 Florida Panthers Michael Frolik Derick Brassard (6)
11 Los Angeles Kings Jonathan Bernier Semyon Varlamov (23)
12 Atlanta Thrashers Bryan Little Nick Foligno (28)
13 Toronto Maple Leafs Jiri Tlusty Erik Johnson (1)
14 Vancouver Canucks Michael Grabner Michael Frolik (10)
15 Tampa Bay Lightning Riku Helenius Mathieu Perreault (177)
16 San Jose Sharks Ty Wishart Artem Anisimov (54)
17 Los Angeles Kings Trevor Lewis Patrik Berglund (25)
18 Colorado Avalanche Chris Stewart Chris Stewart (18)
19 Anaheim Ducks Mark Mitera Michael Grabner (14)
20 Montreal Canadiens David Fischer Jamie McGinn (36)
21 New York Rangers Bobby Sanguinetti Cal Clutterbuck (72)
22 Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux Jonathan Bernier (11)
23 Washinton Capitals Semyon Varlamov James Reimer (99)
24 Buffalo Sabres Dennis Persson Jeff Petry (45)
25 St. Louis Blues Patrik Berglund Steve Mason (69)
26 Calgary Flames Leland Irving Leo Komarov (180)
27 Dallas Stars Ivan Vishnevskiy Andrew MacDonald (160)
28 Ottawa Senators Nick Foligno Victor Stalberg (161)
29 Phoenix Coyotes Chris Summers Nikolay Kulemin (44)
30 New Jersey Devils Matt Corrente Shawn Matthias (47)

**Wheel House Hockey would like to sell merchandise and donate a portion of the profits to funding one less fortunate child who could not afford to participate otherwise play minor hockey next season.

We require starting capital to purchase the products and we need your help!

All those who donate to the go fund me campaign will receive a discount code for their purchase with Wheel House Hockey.

We thank everyone for their help! Let's help some lucky children live their dream!

https://www.gofundme.com/funding-for-opening-inventory

REDRAFTING: 2005 NHL Entry Draft

 Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Brian Bahr/Getty Images

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

It’s always fun to see where players could have gone and should have gone, so lets redraft the 2005 draft which featured one of the best players in NHL history.

  1. Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby (1) (picked: Sidney Crosby)

  2. Anaheim: Carey Price (5) (picked: Bobby Ryan)

  3. Carolina: Anze Kopitar (11) (picked: Jack Johnson)

  4. Minnesota: Jonathan Quick (72) (picked: Benoit Pouliot)

  5. Montreal: Paul Statsny (44) (picked: Carey Price)

  6. Columbus: Kris Letang (62) (picked: Gilbert Brule)

  7. Chicago: T.J Oshie (24) (picked: Jack Skille)

  8. San Jose: Marc-Edwawrd Vlasic (35) (picked: Devin Setoguchi) - Funny how this worked out

  9. Ottawa: James Neal (33) (picked: Brian Lee)

  10. Vancouver: Keith Yandle (105) (picked: Luc Bourdon)

  11. Los Angeles: Tuukka Rask (21) (picked: Anze Kopitar)

  12. NY Rangers: Bobby Ryan (2) (picked: Marc Staal)

  13. Buffalo: Patric Hornqvist (230) (picked: Marek Zagrapan)

  14. Washington: Matt Niskanen (28) (picked: Sasha Pokulok)

  15. NY Islanders: Andrew Cogliano (25) (picked: Ryan O’Marra)

  16. Atlanta: Martin Hanzal (17) (picked: Alex Bourret)

  17. Phoenix: Niklas Hjalmarsson (108) (picked: Martin Hanzal)

  18. Nashville: Jack Johnson (3) (picked: Ryan Parent)

  19. Detroit: Justin Abdelkader (42) (picked: Jakub Kindl)

  20. Florida: Anton Stralman (216) (picked: Kenndal McArdle)

  21. Toronto: Marc Staal (12) (picked: Tuukka Rask)

  22. Boston: Vladimir Sobotka (106) (picked: Matt Lashoff)

  23. New Jersey: Kris Russell (67) (picked: Nicklas Bergfors)

  24. St.Louis: Benoit Pouliot (4) (picked: T.J Oshie)

  25. Edmonton: Mason Raymond (51) (picked: Andrew Cogliano)

  26. Calgary: Devin Setoguchi (8) (picked: Matt pelech)

  27. Washington: Darren Helm (132) (picked: Joe Finley)

  28. Dallas: Cody Franson (79) (picked: Matt Niskanen)

  29. Philadelphia: Steve Downie (29) (picked: Steve Downie) - NAILED THEIR PICK!

  30. Tampa Bay: Sergei Kostitsyn (200) (picked: Vladimir Mihalik)

REDRAFTING: 2004 NHL Entry Draft

 https://www.nhl.com/news/this-date-in-nhl-history-june-26/c-280997572

https://www.nhl.com/news/this-date-in-nhl-history-june-26/c-280997572

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

It’s always fun to see where players could have gone and should have gone, so lets redraft the 2004 draft which featured the best goal scorer of this generation!

  1. Washington: Alex Ovechkin (1) (picked: Alex Ovechkin)

  2. Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin (2) (picked: Evgeni Malkin)

  3. Chicago: Blake Wheeler (5) (picked: Cam Barker)

  4. Carolina: Pekka Rinne (258) (picked: Andrew Ladd)

  5. Phoenix: David Krejci (63) (picked: Blake Wheeler)

  6. NY Rangers: Cory Schneider (26) (picked: Al Montoya)

  7. Florida: Devan Dubnyk (14) (picked: Rostislav Olesz)

  8. Columbus: Andrew Ladd (4) (picked: Alexandre Picard)

  9. Anaheim: Mike Green (29) (picked: Ladislav Smid)

  10. Atlanta: Travis Zajac (20) (picked: Boris Valabik)

  11. Los Angeles: Alexander Radulov (15) (picked: Lauri Tukonen)

  12. Minnesota: Brandon Dubinsky (60) (picked: A.J. Thelen)

  13. Buffalo: Ryan Callahan (127) (picked: Drew Stafford)

  14. Edmonton: Andrej Sekera (71) (picked: Devan Dubnyk)

  15. Nashville: Alexander Edler (91) (picked: Alexander Radulov)

  16. NY Islanders: Troy Brouwer (214) (picked: Petteri Nojelainen)

  17. St.Louis: Alex Goligoski (61) (picked: Marek Schwarz)

  18. Montreal: Mark Streit (127) (picked: Kyle Chipchura

  19. NY Rangers: Drew Stafford (13) (picked: Lauri Korpikoski)

  20. New Jersey: Johan Franzen (97) (picked: Travis Zajac)

  21. Colorado: Kris Versteeg (134) (picked: Wojtek Wolski)

  22. San Jose: Mikhail Grabovski (150) (picked: Lukas Kaspar)

  23. Ottawa: Carl Soderberg (49) (picked: Andrej Meszaros)

  24. Calgary: Blake Comeau (47) (picked: Kris Chucko)

  25. Edmonton: Wojtek Wolski (21) (picked: Rob Schremp)

  26. Vancouver: Jannik Hansen (287) (picked: Cory Schneider)

  27. Washington: Daniel Winnik (265) (picked: Jeff Schultz)

  28. Dallas: David Booth (53) (picked: Mark Fistric)

  29. Washington: Dave Bolland (32) (picked: Mike Green)

  30. Tampa Bay: Bryan Bickell (41) (picked: Andy Rogers)

The 2004 draft past the top 11 was not an elite draft.

REDRAFTING: 2003 NHL Entry Draft

 photo: https://www.sportsnet.ca/2010/20-years-of-hindisight-the-great-2003-nhl-re-draft/

photo: https://www.sportsnet.ca/2010/20-years-of-hindisight-the-great-2003-nhl-re-draft/

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

it’s always fun to see where players could have gone and should have gone, so lets redraft the powerhouse 2003 draft!

  1. Pittsburgh: Marc-Andre Fleury (picked: Marc-Andre Fleury) Pittsburgh was drafting for a need. Marc-Andre still continues to be an elite goalie.

  2. Carolina: Eric Staal: (picked: Eric Staal)

  3. Florida: Ryan Getzlaf: (picked: Nathan Horton)

  4. Columbus: Patrice Bergeron (picked: Nikolai Zherdev)

  5. Buffalo: Shea Weber (picked: Thomas Vanek)

  6. San Jose: Joe Pavelski (picked Milan Michalek) still worked out I guess

  7. Nashville: Brent Burns (picked: Ryan Suter)

  8. Atlanta: Jeff Carter (picked: Braydon Coburn)

  9. Calgary: Zach Parise (picked: Dion Phaneuf)

  10. Montreal: Ryan Suter (picked: Andrei Kostitsyn)

  11. Philadelphia: Corey Perry (picked: Jeff Carter)

  12. NY Rangers: Ryan Kesler (picked: Hugh Jessiman)

  13. Los Angeles: Thomas Vanek (picked: Dustin Brown)

  14. Chicago: Corey Crawford (picked: Brent Seabrook)

  15. NY Islanders: Dustin Byfuglien (picked: Robert Nilsson)

  16. San Jose: Dustin Brown (picked: Steve Bernier)

  17. New Jersey: David Backes (picked: Zach Parise)

  18. Washington: Dion Phaneuf (picked: Eric Fehr)

  19. Anaheim: Brent Seabrook (picked: Ryan Getzlaf)

  20. Minnesota: Loui Eriksson (picked: Brent Burns)

  21. Boston: Mike Richards (picked: Mark Stuart)

  22. Edmonton: Jimmy Howard (picked: Marc-Antoine Pouliot)

  23. Vancouver: Lee Stempniak (picked: Ryan Kesler)

  24. Philadelphia: Nathan Horton (picked: Mike Richards)

  25. Florida: Milan Michalek (picked: Anthony Stewart)

  26. Los Angeles: Matt Moulson (picked: Brian Boyle)

  27. Los Angeles: Clarke MacArthur (picked: Jeff Tambellini)

  28. Anaheim: Jaroslav Halak (picked: Corey Perry)

  29. Ottawa: Brian Elliot (picked: Patrick Eaves) - Stole him in the 9th round anyways

  30. St. Louis: Brian Boyle (picked: Shawn Belle)

Honourable mentions … Patrick Eaves, Eric Fehr, Tobias Enstrom

Did your team draft better or worse?

REDRAFTING: 2012 NHL Draft

 http://ontariohockeyleague.com/11-ohl-players-selected-in-first-round-of-2012-nhl-entry-draft/

http://ontariohockeyleague.com/11-ohl-players-selected-in-first-round-of-2012-nhl-entry-draft/

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

It’s always fun to see where players could have gone and should have gone, so lets redraft the 2012 draft!

  1. Edmonton: Filip Forsberg (picked: Nail Yakupov)

  2. Columbus: Morgan Rielly (picked: Ryan Murray)

  3. Montreal: Shayne Gostisbehere (picked: Alex Galchenyuk)

  4. NY Islanders: Andrei Vasileskiy (picked: Griffin Reinhart)

  5. Toronto: Alex Galchenyuk (picked Morgan Rielly)

  6. Anaheim: Matt Dumba (picked Hampus Lindbolm)

  7. Minnesota: Matt Murray (picked Matt Dumba)

  8. Pittsburgh: Tomas Hertl (picked Derrick Pouliot)

  9. Winnipeg: Connor Hellebuyck (picked Jacob Trouba)

  10. Tampa Bay: Frederik Anderson (picked Slater Koekkoek)

  11. Washington: Hampus Lindholm (picked Martin Erat, I mean Filip Forsberg)

  12. Buffalo: Jacob Trouba (picked: Mikhail Grigorenko)

  13. Dallas: Colton Parayko (picked Radek Faksa)

  14. Buffalo: Cody Ceci (picked Zemgus Girgensons)

  15. Ottawa: Jaccob Slavin (picked Cody Ceci)

  16. Washington: Andreas Anthanasiou (picked Tom Wilson)

  17. San Jose: Teuvo Teravainen (picked Tomas Hertl)

  18. Chicago: Tanner Pearson (picked Teuvo Teravainen)

  19. Tampa Bay: Olli Maata (picked Andrei Vasilevskiy)

  20. Philadelphia: Tom Wilson (picked Scott Laughton)

  21. Calgary: Connor Brown (picked Mark Jankowski)

  22. Pittsburgh: Brady Skjei (picked Olli Maatta)

  23. Florida: Josh Anderson (picked Mike Matheson)

  24. Boston: Colin Miller (picked Malcolm Subban)

  25. St.Louis: Damon Severson (picked Jordan Schmaltz)

  26. Vancouver: Ryan Murray (picked: Brendan Gaunce)

  27. Phoenix: Radek Faksa (picked: Henrik Samuelsson)

  28. NY Rangers: Chris Tierney (picked Brady Skjei)

  29. New Jersey: Devin Shore (picked Stefan Matteau)

  30. Los Angeles: Jimmy Vesey (picked Tanner Peason)

Did your team make a better or worse pick?

Backstrom Reaches 600 Assist Milestone

Embed from Getty Images

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

Last night against the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals star center Nicklas Backstrom reached a very impressive milestone of 600 assists, and then adding an extra to make it 601. Backstrom was a 4th overall pick in the 2006 draft. Former GM George McPhee sent all his scouts on a world wide mission to find the perfect center to play with Ovechkin. And well, its safe to say they found him. Backstrom is a major reason that Ovechkin has been able to preform at such a high goal scoring rate over the last 12 years. Backstrom is an assist machine, and has had 8 seasons with 50 or more assists. He has also reached the 100 point club once!

Backstrom for a long time was overshadowed by Ovechkin, but has recently since being put on his own line has become known as one of the best two way players in the National Hockey League.

With Backstrom’s 601st assist last night, he is currently leading his draft class in assists by 130 assists over Claude Giroux, and leading in points by 63 over Phil Kessel (who has played 97 more games). Those are some pretty elite talents that Backstrom is beating.

With 601 assists he is currently tied for 86th overall with Glenn Anderson who got to ride along with Wayne Gretzky for a majority of his career. Backstrom currently operates at .73 assists per game, so where can Backstrom end up on the all-time list by the end of his career? Backstrom turned 30 this year, so lets argue he plays until he is 37 and played an average of 70 games per season, for the next 7 years, thats 490 games. With him turning 30, his numbers will most likely begin to decline, so over his next 7 years, lets argue he can maintain a .5 assist per game, down from his .73. That would be an additional 245 assists giving him a grand total of 846 career assists. That would end his career in 26th place, right between Henrik Sedin and Bobby Clarke. Also putting him well into the top 50 for points as well.

Not a bad career I would say.

Congratulations of #600 Backstrom, we are looking forward to #700!

Officially Time For Canadiens Rebuild

Screenshot 2018-10-17 10.38.26.png

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

The Montreal Canadiens officially failed to sell out the Bell Centre for the first time in 583 games. Thats 14 years that the Canadiens sold out their arena.

Are Canadiens fans finally sick of seeing the direction their team is heading in? The team has started off better than most would have expected going 3-1-1 led by new Canadien Tomas Tatar.

But do fans know that the inevitable will happen and this team will fall apart eventually this season? The fact might be simple the team is just not exciting to watch. The past few years they have made some questionable moves over the past few years, trading away fan favourite P.K Subban, trading star prospect Mikhail Sergachev, recently trading away drafted center Alex Galchenyuk and former Captain Max Pacioretty.

And the only trade that didnt cause an uproar with the fans was the Pacioretty trade, which Montreal actually got fair value for bringing in Tatar (who is currently outscoring Pacioretty), former first round pick/prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2nd round pick.

Montreal has never committed to a full rebuild before because they thought the fans would not accept it, would not accept not being competitive for a few seasons and would stop watching. Well, apparently they are beginning to stop watching now, so that means, time to enter the rebuild! Their are enough veteran assets on this team that can be traded that will bring back enough assets to make a rebuild quick and painless.

Key assets they can trade are: Carey Price, Shea Weber & Tomas Tatar.

They have a great core already with: Drouin, Gallagher, Domi, Lehkonen, Danault, Peca, Hudon, Armia, Kotkaniemi, Juulsen & Mete. With Lindgren sitting in the minors waiting for his chance to take the reins.

Thats 3 lines of young forwards and a top pairing of 2 defencemen under the age of 21.

HOCKEY GM ADVICE RECOMMENDED TRADES:

Tatar + 4th round pick to Oilers: In return the Canadiens receive a first round pick, Dmitri Samorukov & Milan Lucic.

(reasoning)

Edmonton is in need of some additional scoring as its all coming currently from McDavid. Tatar is a proven 20+ goal scorer with the skill to be a 30 goal scorer. He also has good speed to keep up with McDavid. Oilers send back a player whos salary they want to shed.

Weber + Armia to Tampa Bay: For Killorn, Callahan + Sergachev.

(Reasoning)

Weber when healthy is an all-star defencemen. Who is one of the best defencemen in the league and is still a top 2 pairing. Tampa Bay is in Win NOW mode with their team and Weber can put them there. They will need to pay players like Point soon and he will be commanding top dollar, so shedding the contracts of Callahan and Killorn will give them that flexibility but at the expense of Sergachev, who currently does not have a spot in the top 4 anyways. Montreal receiving their young defencemen back who they wrongfully traded.

Price to St.Louis: Jake Allen, Jay Bouwmeester + Jordan Kyrou.

(Reasoning)

The Blues, just like Tampa after adding Oreilly and Bozak this offseason are in Win NOW mode and they cannot win with Allen as streaky as he is. And as bad as last season was for Price, he is still the best goalie in the NHL. And while losing Bouwmeester will hurt the Blues, they have young defencemen such as Schmaltz and Dunn waiting to play a bigger role. And if the Canadiens do not resign him, the Blues can resign him in the offseason.

What the team could look like after the trade:

Drouin - Danault - Gallagher

Kyrou - Domi - Lehkonen

Killorn - Kotkaniemi - Byron

Lucic - Plekanec - Callahan

Leaving Hudon + Peca expendable at additional forwards, and having the option of flipping Killorn and trading Byron.

Mete - Juulsen

Sergachev - Bouwmeester

Alzner - Petry

Lindgren

Allen

Tim Horton's Makes A Team From Kenya Dream's Come True

cut.jpg

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

Kenya, a country in East Africa, where the average temperature is between 68-82 Fahrenheit, hot and humid all year round, only has one hockey team. Playing against yourself year round must get boring, but these men love playing the game.

Tim Horton’s brought them to Canada to play against another team for the first time in their life and not only did they play a game, they got to play with two of the best players in the world suiting up beside them. What a magical moment, and what an amazing expression of love from Tim Horton’s.

Their is something about Hockey that brings out the best in people, the best in business and the best in us. When you begin playing hockey, watching hockey and become part of the hockey atmosphere you become part of a family, it doesn’t matter where you play, who you play with, or what level you play at. When you play hockey, you are part of a hockey family. Everyone is your brother, your sister, family. You stick together, your together through the best times, and the worst of times but you are together. And seeing Tim Horton’s make these men’s dreams come true shows what hockey can do for you and the passion and love this game truly provides.

These young men got the experience of a life time, and can return home with a memory that will stick with them for the rest of their lives, and why? Because hockey is a family, and Tim Horton’s brought this family together so they can truly experience what hockey is all about.

Bravo Tim Horton’s this is truly inspiring and you could be proud of what you have done.

There's only one hockey team in all of Kenya. They had nobody to play. So, we brought them to Canada for an unforgettable game.

Maple Leafs Face Their First Real Test Tonight Against Capitals

 https://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/toronto-maple-leafs/simmons-like-all-the-great-ones-maple-leafs-auston-matthews-is-inventing-a-new-way-to-play-the-game  Getty Images

https://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/toronto-maple-leafs/simmons-like-all-the-great-ones-maple-leafs-auston-matthews-is-inventing-a-new-way-to-play-the-game

Getty Images

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

The Maple Leafs are 5 games into the season and are currently holding a 4-1-0 record. Their stars have been their star, with Tavares and Marner having 10 points each and Matthews and Reilly having an incredible 12. But up until this point the Leafs have only played against teams that failed to make the playoffs last season. While we are not saying that what they have accomplished thus far this season is not incredible, but it does cause for a bit of speculation if they could have accomplished such stats if they were playing playoff teams such as Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Boston etc..

Tonight they play the Stanley Cup champions, who are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Devils, 6-0. They will be hungry, and wanting to rebound, and are by far a much better defensive team than the Leafs have played yet this season.

Tonight will be a huge test, while it is still very early in the season, if the Leafs can dominate the Capitals, the same way they have dominated other teams up until this point (besides the Ottawa Senators) they could be the team to beat going into the playoffs.

The Leafs Powerplay is operating at an incredible 50%, and the Capitals powerplay is lethal as well, so both teams will want to stay out of the box against eachother tonight!

One stat leafs fans may want to be aware of as well, while Matthews has an incredible 12 points in 5 games, he is also a -1. Which means he is being outscored while on the ice 5on5 and is relying heavily on the powerplay to get his points. And caps fans know all to well, in the 13-14 season, Ovechkin had 51 goals, but was also a -35. So while he did score, and received a lot of power play points, having him on the ice 5 on 5 was terrible for the team. Let’s hope this isnt the case for Matthews this season as well!

Goodluck tonight to both teams.

TRADE PROPOSAL: William Nylander is traded to ...

 https://mynhltraderumors.com/could-the-toronto-maple-leafs-trade-william-nylander/2018/10/09/

https://mynhltraderumors.com/could-the-toronto-maple-leafs-trade-william-nylander/2018/10/09/

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

With William Nylander still refusing to sign a contract, maybe it’s about time the Maple Leafs consider trading their young star. While the team is off to a fantastic start, their lack of defensive depth will still catch up with them at some point. With the way Kapanen has been playing with Marleau and Matthews, this now makes Nylander expendable. While not one single leafs fan wants to see Nylander leave the team, no one wants to see him take up all the remaining salary cap either.

One thing the Leafs have been missing for awhile is a stong top 4 right handed defencemen, and luckily a team that contacted the Leafs about Nylander is stock piled in them, the Carolina Hurricanes. Adding Nylander to the Hurricanes loaded young offensive lineup with be huge for this young franchise, and with their defensive depth in current roster players and prospects, they have defence who are expendable.

What I recommend is a good old hockey trade, trading star for star, trading William Nylander for Justin Faulk. Faulk is 26 years old, signed to a very team friendly contract of 4.83 mil per season for the next two years, and has one hell of a slapshot! He put up 10+ goals 3 seasons in a row, with 15, 16 & 17 and could be that one missing offensive/two way piece on the blueline that could lead them to the Stanley Cup!

Nylander going back to Carolina would fit in nicely as well, and they have the cap space to sign him to that 8mil contract he is looking for. His speed and skill would match up nicely and slide right in beside Aho on that top line.

So Leafs fans, how would this line up look to you? Is it worth trading away Nylander?

Marleau - Matthews - Kapanen

Hyman - Tavares - Marner

Lindholm - Kadri - Brown

Leivo - Gauthier - Ennis

Reilly - FAULK

Gardiner - Zaitsev

Dermott - Hainsey

Looks good and a Stanley Cup contender to me.

What do you think?

WHO IS BETTER: Connor McDavid Or Austin Matthews?

Screenshot 2018-10-12 11.26.32.png

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

Ray Ferarro made a comment the other day that McDavid was better than Matthews, and the internet blew up about it. So yesterday, we held a poll to see who, you the fans thought was better. But before we discuss the results of the poll, lets look deeper into each young superstars stats.

Let’s keep in mind that both of these players are ONLY 21 years old, and to even be considered in the top 2 in the league at the moment is an amazing accomplishment, especially when it feels like everyone is forgetting about Crosby, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Kucherov, Laine, Kane etc..

We will bold the Winners of the (Per game stat)


Lets start with Connor McDavid:

Career Games played: 211

Goals: 88 (0.417)

Assists: 171 (0.81)

Points: 259 (1.227)

PPP: 62 (0.293)

SHP: 6 (0.0284)

Shots: 636 (3.014)

Hits: 74 (0.35)

BkS: 85 (0.40)

TkA: 223 (1.0568)

Negative stat: GvA: 140 (0.663)


Now lets look at Austin Matthews

Career Games played: 149

Goals: 83 (0.557)

Assists: 61 (0.409)

Points: 144 (0.966)

PPP: 39 (0.261)

SHP: 0 (0)

Shots: 483 (3.241)

Hits: 39 (0.261)

BkS: 129 (0.865)

TkA: 142 (0.953)

Negative stat: GvA: 107 (0.718)


Of the 9 categories: On calculating the per game stats, McDavid wins 6/9 of the categories. He also wins the “Negative stat” by having less giveaways per game, so technically 7/10.

So while many Maple Leaf fans do not want to hear this, as of this current day, McDavid is the better player statistically speaking.

Here is what our followers though in the poll as well.

Screenshot 2018-10-12 11.27.30.png

While this stat could change in a few years, we do not know. But what we do know, right now, is both these players are amazing, and the future of the National Hockey League.

Coyotes Not A Laughing Stock For Long!

Screenshot 2018-10-11 09.24.21.png

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

Its been awhile since the Coyotes have made the playoffs, but I am here to tell you they are not far off. I commend Chayka for what he has done with this team. Through major criticism he has built a young, star studded line up that could be dominant for many years. If you look at their defence core, they have arguably a top 6 of all players capable of being a top 4, and OEL who is a star himself. They also have Chychrun returning from injury who will instantly improve their defence core.

Looking at their forwards is nothing to laugh at either. They won in OT last night against the Ducks, who are a powerhouse. While they did not score in the first two games of the season, this forward base is very deep. Looking at their center alone they have; Stepan, Galchenyuk, Dvorak, Strome, Richardson. Thats pretty good if you ask me. Add in Keller, Hinostroza, Perlini, Panik, Fischer & Crouse they have a young forward base that is highly skilled.

This team is nothing to laugh at and I believe if not this year, next year they will be proving all the haters wrong.

TRADE PROPOSAL: Mark Stone Traded To Who?

Screenshot+2018-07-16+11.17.39.png

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

With Ottawa only signing Mark Stone to a one year contract it means he is a UFA at the end of the season, which means if they cannot come to a multi-year extension he can walk in free agency and the Senators will receive nothing. In my opinion the Senators, while they are doing good these first few games, will not be a good team this season, and again, while Stone publicly stated he likes Ottawa, I believe he will want to go to a team that is a contender now, or will be a contender very shortly. Well, here is where I think would be perfect for Mr. Hands of Stone.

Stone has been a consistent 20 goal scorer, but he provides much more than just goal scoring. He is a proven leader, loves the gritty game, and while his nickname is hands of stone, he has some pretty sweet hands. He is a very reliable player, both offensively and defensively, and I think he would compliment a young team, who is highly skilled and looking for leadership. This team, would be the Arizona Coyotes.

A top line of Keller - Stepan - Stone would look pretty nice dont you think?

But what would need to go back to Ottawa? Well, first off I would say Dylan Strome. People have been calling Strome a bust, but the fact is, he is only 21 years old, he is a point per game player in the American Hockey League, and not all players are superstars right off the bat. If Senators fans remember, Mike Hoffman didn’t people a full time NHL player until he was 25 years old. Strome is still developing and is still considered a grade A prospect. While Ottawa has been recently proven to make undervalued trades, in my opinion Stone is still worth a bit more than Strome, as Stone was a point per game in the NHL last year, still relatively young and at the moment better than Strome. And the fact is, Stone provides a skill set to the Coyotes that they do not currently have. So in addition to Strome, the Coyotes would additionally send a first round pick to the Senators, but the Senators would be sending a third round pick in return.

So in conclusion;

Senators receive: Dylan Strome + 1st round pick (2019)

Coyotes receive: Mark Stone + 3rd round pick ( 2019 Pittsburgh Penguins pick)

The Senators receive a potential top line center for their rebuild to give a possible 1-2 punch of Strome - Brown and the Coyotes receive a proven first line winger who can help the Coyotes reach the playoffs for the first time in years.

TRADE PROPOSAL: Panarin is traded to...?

 photo from: https://twitter.com/9artemi

photo from: https://twitter.com/9artemi

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

We have all heard that Artemi Panarin has refused to sign a contract extension during the season, so if we learned anything from the Tavares situation, its better to trade early and get whatever you can, than keep your hopes high and have your heart broken when they leave for nothing.

If the Blue Jackets were smart they would be looking for a trade immediately. A team will receive more value for a player at the beginning of the season than they would at the trade deadline.

Where do I think would be a good fit and receive fair value with a great return both ways? The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Who would be going both ways? Well lets see the details. First the Lightning are in a win now mode, their players are young, they are at their best and the time is now. Adding Panarin will only boost their elite talent and would provide an amazing second line scorer. But what would be going back to Columbus? Well, Tampa is close to having cap issues, but they have two contracts they would like to get rid of, Callahan and Killorn. Callahan is only signed for 2 more seasons, so what I would recommend sending back the Jackets way is Killorn. Killorn is the type of player that Tortorella loves, he is big, he is scrappy, and bangs in those ugly goals. But that will not be enough, we already know that Columbus has a young defence core, and its about to get younger and more skilled. Adding into the trade is Mikail Sergachev. Many people will question this, but looking at Tampa’s defence core, and the fact that Sergachev is a lefty, he is already playing behind Hedman and Mcdonagh. But receiving Panarin in return would be 100% worth trading Sergachev. What would these line-ups look like after the trade?

Tampa Bay

Miller - Stamkos - Kucherov

Panarin - Point - Gourde

Palat - Cirelli - Johnson

Joseph - Paquette - Callahan

Hedman - Girardi

McDonagh - Stralman

Coburn - Koekkoek

Columbus:

Killorn - Dubois - Atkinson

Foligno - Wenneberg - Bjorkstrand

Jenner - Dubinsky - Anderson

Milano - Nash - Duclair

Werenski - Jones

Sergachev - Savard

Harington - Nutivaara

Both of these rosters in my opinion majorly benefit from this move. Tampa boosts their offensive core with another star who can be a difference maker when they need it in the playoffs, for a player who is not going to get much ice time, and Columbus receives a piece for their future and a solid 2nd or 3rd line left winger.

What do you think?