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  2. dtsdlaw

    playoff game...

    I don't see it. Yes, they have MacKinnon and Rantanen, who are both elite players, and another solid forward in Landeskog, but after their big-3 I don't see much depth there at all. Aside from their multiple top-10 picks in the first round, they've been pretty lousy at drafting over the past 10 years and that team is now completely top-heavy. I've watched all of their games so far (and cheered for them loudly since I hate the Flames), and outside of MacKinnon/Rantanen I don't see anyone else doing much of anything that would make me excited about that team. Their #2C (Soderberg) also turns 34 in October, and their next best centers currently are JT Compher, who is maybe a 40-point player in a good year, and Tyson Jost, who currently isn't capable of playing more than 10 mins/game on the 4th line according to their coach. They pick at #4 this year, but how long until their incoming #4 OA is ready to be a #2C for them (if ever)? Meanwhile, their top pairing of Johnson-Cole are both over 30 and Tyson Barrie has one year left on his deal before becoming a UFA. Sure, Makar gives them something to be excited about long term, but he's only 20 years old and frankly, after watching him play the last three games, he looks about as comfortable with physical contact at the NHL level as Fowler did when he was the same age - i.e. not at all. Just like Jultz did at Wisconsin, I don't think Makar has really readied himself for the physicality of the NHL by going the college route. He might take several steps back before he moves forward again. Colorado will go as far as MacKinnon/Rantanen take them for the next several years... which could be quite far since both are really good players.... but honestly, I'd rather be a Panthers fan or a VGK fan than an Avs fan right now for the next 3-4 years. The Avs still have way too many holes in their lineup to be capable of staying on top over the next several seasons. They could just as easily be a lottery team next season as they could be a playoff team.
  3. St. Louis moving on to the second round from last place just highlights how important changing the scenery of coaching can be. Their new coach is no Messiah, but the change of voice allowed what is a decently talented roster to play to their potential. The Blues are the alternate universe Ducks if GMIHCBM had pulled the trigger when he should have.
  4. Posted in the injury thread that none of Silfverberg, Lindholm, or Rakell is playing for Sweden due to injuries.
  5. Fowl

    playoff game...

    Calgary gave him way too much space.
  6. Fowl

    playoff game...

    Glad it worked out for Jones. That was a cheesy penalty in overtime considering what the refs had let go. Good for the SD Gulls to have the Sharks keep their (young) Barracuda players at the NHL level for a bit longer.
  7. nieder

    playoff game...

    Jones was actually great for them tonight. He's turned his series around which has gotten the Sharks to game 7.
  8. If BM moves Rakell he can move himself afterwards.
  9. This bodes well for the Gulls.....
  10. James Neal eliminated. Although I like the Flames, I don't like him.
  11. Nope Nothing to complain about Ducks using their 2nd First round Pick to get RHD or 2 way Forward. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  12. Yesterday
  13. Rackell if he returns to form, is one of those stars. That said, I wonder if he is who GMBM was talking about not playing hurt. If he is, he'll probably be moved this offseason.
  14. Yeah it is but since the Knights are up 3-2 against the Sharks, I'm sure they will win that series. Then they go against Colorado in the next round and both teams had fewer points than the Blues so that lowers the Blues to the potential 19th pick. I guess I'm doing the figuring right...LOL. At this point, I think we end up with the Sharks pick which could be 22 or 23 which isn't anything to complain about.
  15. It is at first......Wonder IF where the Ducks will pick in their 2nd First Round. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  16. Hm...I see...it's all very confusing
  17. I agree also. However, Bob Murray is arguably the most likely GM to hire a re-tread lol.
  18. Yep. Goes without saying that star, core pieces are the hardest to acquire. Until we get that foundation set, then I don’t think getting bad contracts off of the books is going to be enough to get back to the WCF. I’m not overly hyped on our prospect pool in the sense that I am not counting on anyone to carry the mantles of 15 and 10 and even 17. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if we have a Rakell caliber player lol.
  19. Totally agree. @helenenothelen Will Jim Montgomery's success to date with the Dallas Stars make NHL general managers more open to hiring college coaches? Maybe instead of endlessly recycling the same folks who have failed with other NHL teams?
  20. Um. Which one? [edit] Ohhhh, I'm guessing Giordano. There's still a few contenders left.
  21. I could see the Ducks in the WCF once they're down to only one bad contract on the books. Whoever gets traded in the offseason... I'm guessing that's the player that wasn't playing if they weren't 110%. We still need a superstar or two to build around, but otherwise we have a lot of good pieces. The right coach and a couple seasons of making good trades / signings could go a long way.
  22. If St Louis loses in the conference final, they would get the 28th or 29th pick. (The teams that lose in Conference Finals picks 28 and 29). The 20th pick is out of reach by my best questimation. The best scenario is for Trashville and the Caps to lose by the second round since they are division winners. Tampa (128pts) gets the 27th pick, Calgary (107pts) gets the 26th pick. Then we need the Bruins to lose by the second round as well. If all that happens and the Shaks lose by the second round, we end up with the 22nd pick....I think. Correction: If the Stars and Knights lose this round and the Blues, Columbus and Avs lose in the second round, we get the 20th pick but I think that's highly unlikely.
  23. If St Louis loses in the conference final, they would get the 28th or 29th pick. (The teams that lose in Conference Finals picks 28 and 29). The 20th pick is out of reach by my best questimation. The best scenario is for Trashville and the Caps to lose by the second round since they are division winners. Tampa (128pts) gets the 27th pick, Calgary (107pts) gets the 26th pick. Then we need the Bruins to lose by the second round as well. If all that happens and the Shaks lose by the second round, we end up with the 22nd pick....I think.
  24. So, ok! From my understanding of this and the conditional rules...best case scenario for ducks fan would be... St. Louis, Colorado, Columbus, and Toronto making the conference finals. This would put both San Jose and St. Louis's picks in 20-31 thus meaning we get to choose which teams pick we get...and this puts San Jose at their lowest point (21) that would work within our rules. So, it doesn't matter if Vegas or San Jose wins the first round...just as long neither make it into the conference finals. I think I have that right... Also, obviously, worst case scenario BOTH St. Louis and San Jose make the conference finals...
  25. Assuming all of the teams currently ahead in their series win, it would be 23. Lightning 22. Calgary 21. Boston 20. San Jose 19. Nashville 18. Pittsburgh 17. Winnipeg 16. Carolina With Dallas vs St. Louis Vegas vs. Colorado Washington vs NYI Columbus vs Toronto If that happens, San Jose will end up at pick 23, no matter who wins any of those series. Also, if that happens, even if St. Louis loses, the highest pick they could get is 18, so that doesn't help. If we want St. Louis to end up at 20, we need San Jose and Nashville both to come back in their series, and then Columbus, Colorado, and St. Louis all to lose their next series.
  26. That sounds about right.....this is how the NHL Draft is set up in First Round order from Bottom Dweller to Stanley Cup Champ at the Bottom of Round 1. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
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