We’ll keep things short and simple this week.
What should the defense pairings look like next year? Feel free to include any signings or trades you’d like to see the Canucks make.
Last week I asked: Are you team playoffs or team tank?
Team playoffs as long as no futures are traded for unnecessary upgrades. Bring up Gaudette and McEwen to participate/gain experience in playing meaningful games in the Spring. Experience will provide a lot of motivation for the boys over the summer to prepare for the new year. That said, if injuries pile up, cut bait and trade marketable assets.
Definitely team playoffs. Need to go through the fire to become steel. Pettersson is too driven to have him miss the playoffs. He lives for winning, so does Markstrom, frankly they all do. Canucks are getting a good pick anyway so moving up a couple of places likely won’t matter.
Team Tank. We are 8 points from last place in the league.
Edler = 1st, +
Sutter = 2nd
Tanev = 1st +
Goldy = 3rd?
Gudbranson = 2nd?
Those picks would equal almost 2 whole additional drafts(using 2 players per average draft). AG plays for Sutter, ZacMac plays for Goldy, resign Elder in the offseason, look to bring back Tryamkin.. use all those picks to draft defense and our 1st on BPA, hoping Kakko. This frees up millions in cap space to take a run at Stone, Kapanen(4.1×7 years), Strahlman 2 or 3 year deal.
Our defense next season at worst looks like
Edler – Hughes
Hutton – Stetcher
Joulevi – Tryamkin
It would give us three 1st rounders, three 2nds and two 3rds. We wouldnt need to worry about adding additional picks again as we would be loaded for the next few years. The team would make the playoffs next season, while having the deepest prospect pool in the league.