The Ottawa Senators have not made the playoffs in the last five years. The New Jersey Devils have missed the playoffs the past four years.
Here are two similar clubs, with a core that is still very young after four years of reconstruction. And here they are already willing to sacrifice the first pick in the draft, the second overall in the case of the Devils, the seventh for the Senators, for the sake of getting impact players for short-term reinforcement.
We often wonder why some rebuilding clubs have been floundering for a decade and others are succeeding.
There are irresistible offers. The game could be worth it if the New York Rangers offer Alexis Lafreniere for the second overall pick, or if the Jets trade Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Senators, but that won’t happen.
The Devils gave up the ninth overall pick for Corey Schneider in 2013. They’ve made the playoffs only once since then. However, Schneider gave the Devils three great seasons, but it wasn’t enough. He ended up in the American League in 2018 after getting repeatedly injured. The pick offered to the Canucks became Bo Horvat. He has been a captain in Vancouver for several seasons and just turned 27.
The Edmonton Oilers traded first-round (Mathew Barzal) and second-round picks to the Islanders in 2015 for Griffin Reinhart, a fourth overall pick in 2012. Then-general manager Peter Chiarelli wanted to accelerate the Islanders’ chances of success. little more mature, at 21, and robust as desired. But his lack of speed prevented him from breaking through. He has only played 29 games in Edmonton and today he plays in Ireland. He envisions the Oilers with Barzal, Kyle Connor, Thomas Chabot, or Brock Boeser always available at this range. Edmonton started coming out of the basement four or five years later.
John Chayka was another “rushing” GM before he was fired after years of watching his team go around in circles. A year after arriving, he traded young defenseman Tony DeAngelo and his seventh-overall first-round pick for established center Derek Stepan, then 27 with a season-high 55 points and a rising goalie. 27-year-old Antti Raanta.
His arrival did not allow the Coyotes to aspire to another level. The Rangers blew that pick on Lias Andersson, but Martin Necas, Nick Suzuki, Josh Norris, and Robert Thomas were still available. The Coyotes are still looking for better centers five years later.
Chayka did it again two years later when the Coyotes were just starting to win more consistently, giving up his first-round pick in December 2019 for Taylor Hall. They lost in the first round, Hall quit after a few months, and Arizona is still rebuilding. The Devils drafted Dawson Mercer at the age 18me range. He scored 42 points in his rookie season in New Jersey last winter at age 20.
Another recent example is Tim Murray, GM of the Buffalo Sabers from 2014-to 2017. Was it the idea of the century to trade two first-round picks, Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia, Drew Stafford, and Tyler Myers to get, in two separate trades, Evander Kane? , Zach Bogosian and goalkeeper Robin Lehner, between February and June? 2015
The idea of getting Ryan O’Reilly for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, JT Compher, and a second-round pick was less ugly, but the Sabers collectively weren’t ready to win yet, nor have they made the playoffs since 2012.
The Senators drafted Colin White at 21me rank in 2015 with the resulting picks for Lehner, Brock Boeser, Travis Konecny , and Sebastian Aho still available. Winnipeg got their hands on Jack Roslovic in the other trade (for Kane) and the youngster then moved to the Blue Jackets with Patrik Laine in the Pierre-Luc Dubois trade. Roslovic, 25, has 45 points this year.
There were, however, it must be admitted, certain more favorable blows. Jordan Staal gave the Hurricanes a good ten years after being traded for 9me 2012 Overall Picks, Brandon Sutter and Brian Dumoulin. It took Carolina six years to make the playoffs, true, but the 33-year-old Staal is still a vital part of his team and the Hurricanes are one win away from reaching the semifinals.
Some might argue that Jacob Trouba, Filip Forsberg, Tom Wilson, Teuvo Teravainen, and Andrei Vasilevskiy were always available (Pittsburgh, unfortunately, chose Derrick Pouliot), but Staal helped with the team’s collective development and continues to do so.
The opportunity would be great for the Canadian to test the waters to acquire an additional option in the top 12. Josh Anderson is still the best bait, if we improve the offer with a choice of finish first or start second (forget the second overall pick, but seventh from Ottawa, sixth, or 12th from Columbus would be more affordable).
Kent Hughes must weigh the pros and cons. Anderson is one of the few tough guys on offense. But he is 28 years old and it will be 30, 31 when the CH will once again aspire to a championship (in the best of scenarios). His understanding of his game is flawed, but he is said to be eager to learn and improve.
Getting a second option in the top 12 would allow the Canadian to get his hands on a power winger like Juraj Slafkovski, who is increasingly arousing his curiosity, while also allowing himself to recruit a quality center with this other option. , between Marco Kasper. , Noah Ostlund or Cutter Gauthier (a professional center that we transferred this season to the band within the American development program) but who can play there without a problem.
The pro-Shane Wright will condemn this heresy, but each to his own opinion.
There’s also the option to go up a dozen ranks, offering your choice of end of first and start of the second.
Still, such scenarios are always more difficult to realize in reality, but why not allow yourself to dream a little?
An elimination in favor of the Canadian
The Flames were eliminated by Connor McDavid and the Oilers on Thursday night. His failure is good news for CH, which has Calgary’s first-round pick in the Tyler Toffoli trade. An ace from the Flames would have meant, at best, for Montreal to pick from the 29me and 32me range. A place in the final would have pushed this choice back to 31me rank, one more rank with the conquest of the Stanley Cup.
Kent Hughes and the Canadian will now choose the 27me to classify in the worst case. They could upgrade to 26me rank in the event of a New York Rangers win against the Carolina Hurricanes, and on the 25thme rank if the St. Louis Blues eliminate the Colorado Avalanche. But New York, like St. Louis, is down 3-2 in their respective series.
On the other hand, if the Oilers make it to the Stanley Cup Final, they will have to give the Blackhawks a second-round pick in 2022 instead of a third choice, and the second-round pick offered to the Canadian by Brett Kulak will be carried over. in 2023.
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