The Usual Suspects
Rejoint: avr. 2019
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What they all said. Columbus has only drafted one star in its history (Rick Nash). They cannot take the chance of missing out on the chance that Bedard is a sliver of McDavid or Crosby.
But to be fair, I’ll answer your question. That is not enough. Actually, that’s the wrong answer to the wrong question. Enough seems to imply quantity. CBJ has had too many mid-first round caliber (tier four) players, way too many tweener picks (late first, early second) and WAY, WAY, WAY too many 50-75 overall players. They can trot out third lines for days and days on end.
Throw in a handful of high-but-not-elite picks/players and you have the Jackets. Or this package. Or both.
This upcoming draft has one franchise player. One more elite player (Fantilli). One final reliably predictable near future impact player (Carlsson). [Michkov brings the typical Russian delay questions, plus the added ones in the 2023 climate. Plus, CBJ have a bad history with top-5 Russians.] The Canadiens 2023 pick would fall outside all of those players, into a tier “Tankathon” classifies as “the rest.” At best, in a different draft, it yields a B+ player (Jiricek, Kent Johnson). This year, the cliff seems to drop after the top four.
The Panthers pick and Caufield fall in the Sillinger/Mateychuk range. You get a 2.5 line forward or 2nd pair defenseman with a deficiency somewhere in his game. You need those players on your team. But if your team is nothing BUT those players, you win just two playoff series in franchise history (one of which barely counts, as it was a bonus COVID round plus a freebie since it was against Toronto).
The rest (unless the Habs 1st ‘24 ends up like top 3) are just lottery tickets. You might get a Sebastian Aho. Or you might get the other Sebastian Aho. Not a sound way to build a franchise. A solid way to add final pieces to a contender, but not the path from last to first.
Bedard is clearly the prize, and any trade discussions are a non-starter. Unless you’re willing to include Shane Wright. Oh wait…