Before we get into this week’s questions, I have a brief announcement: I’ll be taking over the mailbag from J.D. Burke for the entirety of May. J.D. has a crazy month ahead of him and I always enjoy taking your questions, so hopefully he isn’t too sorely missed over the next four or five weeks.
With Carolina winning the number 2 pick, with getting a solid forward and wanting to get tougher, Would Gudbranson for Elias Lindholm make sense?
— RandyRanderson (@DangerZoneRandy) April 30, 2018
I think you’re on the right track insofar as Carolina should be a team the Canucks target as a potential trade partner, and I also like the idea of looking at Linholm as a potential returning piece. However, I just don’t see Gudbranson as a player the Hurricanes would have interest in. Carolina doesn’t get the attention of Arizona or Florida, but they land firmly in the pro-analytics camp. I’m not sure how much sway he has within the organization, but imagine Eric Tulsky would be vocal in his skepticism towards Erik Gudbranson. They also have a fairly strong defense group and are a budget team, so you can consider them out on a potential Gudbranson trade.
Given their, uh, track record on free agency, should the Canucks do anything on July 1 or just put the phones away and roll with what's in the system for next year?
— Trevor Crawley (@tcrawls) April 30, 2018
I’ve always believed that one of the best thought experiments you can conduct when reviewing someone’s performance, whether it’s in sports, politics, or any other managerial position, is to ask what would have happened if the person you’re reviewing had just done nothing at all. So you could say I have a lot of time for this question.
The Canucks aren’t completely incapable of inking a player to a good deal. Even last summer they could have done much worse. But if the choice is between standing pat or making a panic deal to overpay a veteran centre, then yes, they’d be better off hiding their phones on July 1.
With the top 4 picks going out east, is the result from the lottery not as bad as everyone makes it out to be? Yea we coulda gotten top 3 but at least no pacific teams get dahlin or svechnikov
— Cole Treleaven (@Coletr11) April 30, 2018
This result is fine. They avoid any potential landmines in the top five, all the strongest players go out east, and they can target a defenseman without looking foolish if they choose. Perhaps more importantly, it doesn’t give this management group a get out of jail free card. We’ve seen how far drafting Connor McDavid has gone with regards to saving Peter Chiarelli’s job. Maybe this saves the Canucks from themselves in the long run.
Rank who you’d rather have in order: Boqvist, Bouchard, Dobson, & Hughes
— Mr Booth (@MrBooth_7) April 30, 2018
This is such a difficult question. I like all three of Bouchard, Boqvist, and Dobson fairly equally but for different reasons. What I can say for sure is that I think Quinn Hughes is a cut above the other three. This is subject to change before the draft, but I think my current order is Hughes, Boqvist, Bouchard, Dobson. It’s very close.
Assuming San Jose signs Kane, would James Neal be a good fit? Playing on a line with Gaudette and Virtanen he could really help them
— RandyRanderson (@DangerZoneRandy) April 30, 2018
James Neal is a very good hockey player and I think he would improve almost any line the Canucks would put him on, but he’s not a player I would target. He’s going to cash in this summer in terms of both money and term, and the Canucks would be wise to avoid making that type of mistake again
Assuming dahlin svech zadina go 1,2,3, how do you project the next 4 picks , including the Canucks pick? Personally Would be shocked if Detroit didn’t take Tkachuk which would save VAN from making a mistake
— Kyle Dubas to the Canucks Please (@CanucksJays) April 30, 2018
I’m so glad you asked this question, because it’s something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about over the past day or so. There are a few situations I could see unfolding, but this is the most likely scenario for how the top 7 unfolds:
The only picks I hesitate to lock in are 4 and 6, which I think could get flipped. I’m pretty confident all three of Tkachuk, Boqvist, and Hughes will be gone by 7.
What’s a better perogy topping? Ketchup, sour cream or Dijon mustard?
— Jesse Jarvis (@vivsavage) April 30, 2018
Ketchup is for children, so it’s completely out. Sour cream is the classic choice, but really only good if you also take your perogies with fried onions. Dijon is good on basically anything so it’s my choice out of the three. I personally go with Sriracha on most occasions.
Would you trade down for a 2nd? If so, how far down would you be willing to go? Me- no further than 10th/11th.
— John Butler (@Whostheboes) April 30, 2018
It’s a boring answer but it depends on who’s available. No way I’m trading the 7th overall if Hughes is still available. If he isn’t, I’d be willing to trade down as low as 13-14, but I’d want to have a pretty good idea of who the teams below me are looking at.
How bad is Bouchard’s skating? Some report it’s not bad. Button loves him.
— mike higashi (@hirokidude) April 30, 2018
I must admit, I regret characterizing Bouchard’s skating as “pretty bad” in last week’s mailbag. It’s the most obvious weakness in his game, and a step below the other defensemen in his range. Ten years ago it wouldn’t be nearly as much of a concern but the game is changing so much that you have to consider it. Is it bad enough to be disqualifying? Not at all, especially considering he led a fairly unimpressive London Knights team in points as a draft-year defenseman. The biggest concern would be that his effectiveness could be more limited at the NHL level than many of his peers.
Who would go number 1 this year if Jack Hughes was in this draft?
— Joseph C (@joecarp12) April 30, 2018
Dahlin, by a razor-thin margin. I think teams would still go for the premium position.
What happened to the article that suggested svechnikov might not be the age he claims he is? I went searching for it awhile back but it had disappeared.
— L Barker (@LW_Barker) April 30, 2018
We decided to take it down because it was attracting a lot of negative attention. I can’t speak for Jeremy, but my understanding was that the focus of the article was on precise age and the tidbit about the Svechnikov rumours drew so much attention that the original didactic element of his piece went almost completely unnoticed.
At the end of the day, they were just rumours. Completely unsubstantiated, but coming from more than one trustworthy source. The people I’ve heard from freely admit they have no way to prove the veracity of the rumours, so it was probably not the best move to report on it when no one else had. It wasn’t something any of us had conjured out of thin air but a lot of people got really upset so we decided it was better to just take it down.
Is there anyone we can blame for picking 7th?
— Ryan Hank (@always90four) April 30, 2018
Yes. You can blame the NHL, anyone who ever complained about tanking, and the Edmonton Oilers.
We all know that our defensive prospects are lacking and that taking a defencman is what should be done, but is Oliver Wahlstrom an option? Our forward group of prospects is not that deep at Center. Especially with Pettersson playing on the wing all year, he may not even be one.
— Ross (@Ross_Eck) April 30, 2018
I believe it was Jason Botchford who said recently that the Canucks don’t just need one prospect, they need an army. The Canucks aren’t in a position to draft for positional need. They don’t have enough talent to be worried about that. Wahlstrom would be a great pick at 7, not only because they have just as much need for a centre but also because he’s one of the best players available in the 7-10 range.
Does Dobson have a higher ceiling than Juolevi?
— Markus Meyer (@Markus_Meyer27) April 30, 2018
At the time he was drafted, I would have said Olli Juolevi had the higher ceiling. Now I would say Dobson. A year or two of development makes all the difference.
What would you say are the value for Baertschi and Granlund draft pick wise?
— Dylan Eckland (@DylanEckland) April 30, 2018
If Ryan Hartman is worth a late first, than I’d imagine Baertschi should be in the same ballpark. I don’t think Granlund has any value whatsoever after his disappointing season.
Will buffalo be able to turn it around with Dahlin? Theyre becoming the new edmonton at this rate.
— Brocky Balboa (@kpl94) April 30, 2018
Dahlin makes a huge difference. They just addressed their biggest weakness, so I could see Buffalo in the playoffs as soon as next season. Eichel and Dahlin on a first unit PP could be enough for them to squeak in.
We got a lot of questions this week, so stay tuned for round two, which should be up this evening.