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Team Building: Scenarios At the Draft.

Team Building: The Draft

Be warned: this requires an investment of time on your part!

Jack's Ekblad article got me thinking: as a bit of fun, I thought I'd throw out a few options of the way the Draft could go and some moves BFLO might make at or around the draft. People can vote for their favorite. I'm in no way suggesting these could or couldn't happen, but simply am interested in how the readership views the Draft as an opportunity to pursue the rebuild. And I'm going to operate from a couple basic premises:

-We won't talk about UFAs, which in some scenarios will be required to hit the Cap Floor.

-The NYR make the ECF; TB receives their 1st this year.

-StL does NOT make the WCF. BFLO keeps their 2nd from LA (lets say #49), 3rd (#61), gets StL 3rd (#87).

-For consistency's sake, the NYI defer the pick, giving BFLO their 1st in 2015.

-BFLO goes into the Draft with #2, #31, #37, #49, #61, #87. Everyone is available.

OPTION #1: Up and Down the Board.

EDM wins the Lottery (again!). To everyone's surprise, they take Draisaitl #1 overall! They have a raft of defensive prospects just starting to bubble up; Petry, Klefbom, Marincin, Musil to pair with J. Schultz. What they really need is an established Top 4 guy to round out the D. They'll chase after that in FA. Ekblad is, IMO, a few years away from being locked in as a top-pair guy. One thing that is not talked about is how much EDM needs size and strength up the middle; Leon provides it along with top-end talent.

So BFLO is up with Ekblad still on the board. But BFLO's been busy. Murray decides to shuffle Ehrhoff to Tampa Bay. Ehrhoff has been a good soldier, reportedly wants to stay on the East Coast, and likely wants to play for a contender. TB has 2 1sts; #19 and #26. Murray does #10 a solid. Plus, he's got a great contract, can play alongside Hedman and play on the PP. With the kids getting a year older and an improved defense, TB could seriously be considered a Cup Contender if Bishop can sustain/stay healthy.

So BFLO moves Ehrhoff and #61 for #26, Erne, and Namestnikov. More high-level prospects, Namestnikov ready to play in the League right now.

BFLO now has #2, #26, #31 #37, #49.

Dealing with their hated rivals, BFLO sends PHI #26, #37, #49 to move up to #16.

BFLO now has #2, #16, #31.

Then, CAL makes a move for Ekblad. Burke loves a guy like Ekblad. And they are worried FLA will take the big boy at #3 to potentially pair with Gudbrandson.

So CAL deals BFLO #4, #34, and #85 for #2 and jumps FLA. This is a calculated risk by Murray, but not much of one...one of Bennett, Reinhart, and Dal Colle will be available at #4.

BFLO now has #4, #13, #31, #37, and #85.

CAL – Ekblad

FLA – Dal Colle

At #4, BFLO gets their man in Sam Reinhart. FLA is strong in the middle (Barkov, Bjugstad, Pirri, Trocheck) and wants to get big on the wings as well. Dal Colle and Huberdeau are some pretty sweet building blocks with Howden, etc. So they pass over Reinhart who falls into the Sabres' lap. He's got an elite stick, great vision, plays an error-free game along the wall and in the neutral. Not the greatest skater or a rocket shot, but good in both areas. A winner. Knows how to approach the game thanks to father/brothers. Could stand to bulk up a bit.

The Draft rolls on. This will be a rough model of the Draft for the rest of the Options.

NYI: Bennett

CAR: Nylander

VAN: Ritchie

WINN: Ehlers

TOR: McCann

NASH: Virtanen

ANA (OTT): Perlini

PHX: Kapanen

WAS: Barbashev

DAL: Fleury

CBJ: Kempe

At #16, with the pick from PHI, Murray eyes Alex Tuch, who seems to fit the model. He's not a contract they would have to take on for a couple/few years, he's a monster of a man (6'4 220), which Murray likes, and he's got some serious tools – shot, handle, vision, physicality, yes, he even can skate! Oh, and the Sabres are his favorite team!

BFLO takes Alex Tuch. On we go.

DET: Larkin

LAK: Goldobin

ANA: Karlsson

MTL: Bleackley

COL: Glover

MINN: Milano

TB: McKeown

BFLO sees an opening. There isn't a huge gap between the late 1st and the early 2nd in this Draft. PIT's been dumping early picks like water lately, and needs to replenish the prospect pool. BFLO deals #31 and #37 to PITT for #24.

At #24, BFLO selects Robbie Fabbri. I've heard Murray prefers size – his previous two stops sure suggest that, but who knows if it was his call or not. Regardless, Fabbri is a bit under-sized (5'11 on his tiptoes), but with Tuch, Fasching, DesLauriers, etc to go with Grigo and Foligno, they've got size at forward. They need some top-flight skill. This kid has it in spades. He'll need time to figure out how to play in the League (a la Grigo) but if/when he does, this will be a steal of a pick. Explosive skater, wicked shot, can make decisions at high speed, great vision. Could be BFLO's answer to Nyquist (long development window, erupts once he gets to the League). His compete is sky high, but he is on the small side, so this is a risk. But I'll take him over higher-touted Ho-Sang, Vrana and Fiala any day of the week.

Moving into the 3rd BFLO has #85, which they use to draft Ed Minney, a goalie. I've advocated for him before, but he's a big (6'4) and thin (190 - remind you of anyone?) goalie with a ton of physical ability. He's got some developing to do, but when he's on, lights out.

So BFLO could open icing a line-up like:

Stafford-Ennis-CStew

CoHo-Z-Conacher

Larsson-Namestnikov-DesLauriers (love this possibility!)

D'Ago-Foligno-Mitchell

Flynn

Myers/Pysyk

Ristolainen/UFA

Webs/Rudy

Tallinder

Enroth/Neuvirth

And in ROCH:

Armia-Varone-Adam

Carrier-Grigo-Erne

Nelson-Catenacci-Ellis

Schaller-Kea-Roy Hutchings

Zadorov-Bagnall

McCabe-Tuzzolino

Austin-Crawford

Lieuwen-Hackett

CHL: Baptiste/Reinhart/Bailey/Locke/Fabbri

NCAA: Hurley/Petersen/Fasching/Malone/Compher/Tuch/Minney

Europe: Ullmark/Possler

OPTION #2: The Big Move

CAL wins the Lottery, drafting Ekblad at #1, as he should be. Last year, they picked up Monahan, who should be their franchise C. Now they get a cornerstone D-Man who plays with the physicality Burke loves so much, but has several other facets as well. And he can learn from Giordano, who is a heck of a player.

So BFLO again makes the Ehrhoff and #61 move to TB for #26, Erne, and Namestnikov (see Option #1).

BFLO now has #2, #26, #31 #37, #49.

In the spirit of Murray's comments about picking a top-shelf player up from an organization who they've had a falling out with, Murray deals Tyler Myers and the #31 pick to WINN for Evander Kane and Carl Klingberg. Yes, parting with assets is hard, but Kane is already a 30G scorer (which BFLO needs), was on pace in the shortened season for another 30G season, is 6'2 200#, physical, and still only 22. He clearly needs a change of scenery. He just got one.

At #2, BFLO chooses Sam Reinhart (see Option #1) They've just wildly upgraded their forwards.

At #26,BFLO takes Niki Scherbak. Yes, he's a Russian. Maybe Murray likes Russians, maybe not, but no one knows b/c he's never been the decison-maker. Scherbak is a helluva a test case. 6'2, a little on the thin side, but size, and in first year in NA, he put up more than a PPG, developed pretty steeply over the season – from no D-Zone starts to PK duty – is a possession guy, and not afraid to take a hit to make a play. Very good passer, decent shot, but strong around the net. I think he could go Top 15, but this is just the way my draft fell.

At #37, BFLO selects BFLO selects Markus Pettersson. He's big (6'4), great puck mover with size and quick feet. Needs a couple years to fill out, but replenishes the D ranks that will be taxed in the next couple of years.

At #49, BFLO selects Nick Magyar, a huge winger from the O. A bit of a project, Magyar has flashes of really nice offensive skill, especially down low. He's a beast size-wise, and has some surprisingly soft hands. Could blossom into a very good power forward. Too slow on D, not the best instincts. That's where a lot of development will need to take place.

So BFLO could be icing a line-up like:

Stafford-Ennis-Kane

CoHo-Z-CStew

Larsson-Namestnikov-Conacher

D'Ago-Foligno-Mitchell

Flynn

UFA/Pysyk

Risto/UFA

Webs/Rudy

Tallinder

Enroth/Neuvirth

And in ROCH:

Armia-Varone-Adam

Carrier-Grigo-Erne

Ellis-Catenacci-DesLauriers

Schaller-Kea-Roy Hutchings

Zadorov-Bagnall

McCabe-Tuzzolino

Austin-Crawford

Lieuwen-Hackett

CHL: Baptiste/Reinhart/Bailey/Locke/Scherbak/Magyar/

NCAA: Hurley/Petersen/Fasching/Malone/Compher/

Europe: Ullmark/Possler/Pettersson

OPTION #3: Playing It Safe?

BFLO wins the Lottery, drafts Ekblad at #1, as he should be.

BFLO now has #31 #37, #49, and #61.

Murray then, with the glut of D in the pipeline, deals Myers, Foligno and #49 to FLA for Bjugstad (see Option #4), Fleischmann and #33. Dale Tallon wants size, he gets two for one in that department, plus one is a D-Man their team really could use. Their glut at C enables them to move a guy who has tremendous straight-line speed, amazing size (6'6!), terrific possession player, good-to-great shot, defensively responsible. Still evolving, but I have no doubt this kid is Top 6 and before he's done, maybe a #1C, and someone who can help with scoring plus is an expiring contract at the end of '15 so another possible asset to be moved at next year's deadline.

BFLO now has #31, #33, #37, #61.

At #28, BFLO decides they have a player in mind and want to make a move. So they deal #33 and #61 to BOS for the #28 spot. They acquire Eric Cornel, a big (6'2) centerman from the O. He's a bit of a slow developer, but came on this year. Good but not great skater, he's still getting the hang of using his skill – solid passer, good defender, blazer of a snapshot. But in a couple of years BFLO may have a very nice 2C with size.

BFLO selects Eric Cornel.

At #3, BFLO selects Markus Pettersson (see Option #2).

At #37 BFLO selects Nick Magyar (see Option #2).

At #61 BFLO selects Ed Minney (see Option #1).

So BFLO could be icing a line-up like:

Stafford-Bjugstad-Ennis

CoHo-Z-CStew

Fleischmann-Larsson-Mitchell

D'Ago-Conacher-Kaleta

Flynn

Risto/Ehrhoff

UFA/Pysyk

Webs/Rudy

Tallinder

Enroth/Neuvirth

And in ROCH:

Armia-Varone-Adam

Carrier-Grigo-DesLauriers

Ellis-Catenacci-Schaller

Hutchings-Kea-Roy

Zadorov-Bagnall

McCabe-Ekblad

Austin-Crawford

Lieuwen-Hackett

CHL: Baptiste/Dal Colle/Bailey/Locke/Cornel/Magyar

NCAA: Hurley/Petersen/Fasching/Malone/Compher/Minney

Europe: Ullmark/Possler/Pettersson


Option #4: Crazy Time.

First off, FLA wins the Lottery. But FLA doesn't want the 1st pick. FLA thinks they're pretty close. And they have a wealth of talent ready to blossom, plus a top-notch (although aging) goalie. And Dale Tallon is a bit of a wild-card, so anything could happen. And it does.

FLA trades the #1 overall pick and #56 to WINN for Evander Kane and Eric Comrie. WINN takes Ekblad.

FLA then trades BFLO Nick Bjugstad and Sam Brittain for Tyler Myers (see OPTION #3).

With a major need (big Top 6 C) remedied via trade, BFLO decides to change up the game and selects Sam Bennett at #2. Bennett has sort of come out of nowhere, but he's a tremendous skater, a wicked shot, finishes well, super-aggressive on the forecheck, very good vision, and plays a 200 foot game with a ton of energy. He's undisciplined and too loose with his stick at times, but hopefully coaching can hone that edge without getting rid of it.

BFLO makes another deal near the end of Round 1. They trade #31 and Chris Stewart to OTT for Matt Puempel and Mikael Wikstrand. OTT, having no 1st, is eager to get more picks. Reportedly, they were very interested in Stewart at the Deadline as well. So BFLO combined both to get a couple guys Murray might be fond of. Both need some development, Puempel less than Wikstrand, but Puempel could be a very good – 25-30G scorer at the top end – forward, although smallish (like Bennett), or he could be Luke Adam. Wikstrand is a bit of an enigma, a late pick who plays over in Europe. He's got good size (6'2, 190#) but is not very physical. His development curve is definitely heading up, however, which bodes well. Potentially very good offensive D-Man.

But as the Round 1 wraps up, BFLO sees a guy they are surprised is still around. Using #37 and #49, they move up to NJ's spot at #30 and select Niki Scherbak (see Option #2).

At #61, BFLO chooses Ed Minney (see Option #1).

So BFLO could be icing a line-up like:

Stafford-Bjugstad-Ennis

CoHo-Z-Conacher

DesLauriers-Larsson-Mitchell

D'Ago-Foligno-Kaleta

Flynn

Risto/Ehrhoff

UFA/Pysyk

Webs/Rudy

Tallinder

Enroth/Neuvirth

And in ROCH:

Puempel-Varone-Adam

Carrier-Grigo-Armia

Ellis-Catenacci-Schaller

Hutchings-Kea-Roy

Zadorov-Bagnall

McCabe-Tuzzolino

Austin-Crawford

Lieuwen-Hackett

CHL: Baptiste/Bennett/Bailey/Locke/Scherbak

NCAA: Hurley/Petersen/Fasching/Malone/Compher/Brittain/Minney

Europe: Ullmark/Possler/Wikstrand

So, which Option do you prefer? Or do you have your own?

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