Re: Blake Wheeler, 15 and 32 for the 4th overall pick?
posted at 6/1/2010 10:37 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Blake Wheeler, 15 and 32 for the 4th overall pick?
I think the 15 and 32 pick is good but columbus is not going to take a player like wheeler. A realistic trade would be krejci, 15th, 32nd think about it. If you had the 4th pick would you want a player like wheeler?
Posted by Nashoba33
That would not be a realistic trade by any means. Krejci is an incredibly talented forward who's still very young and is continuing to develop as a two-way forwards with excellent offensive skills. He started off slow this season, but caught fire after the Olympics and finished with above a point a game pace to finish the season.
He's our most valuable piece, besides Rask and the #2 overall. I think you could do Krejci for the #4, given his success and youth. Columbus might want something else, if Chiarelli were to ever consider the trade (which I doubt he would).
Krejci will become the #1 center within the next 3 years, he's got the talent and Savard is aging. Savard, when healthy, is still an elite offensive talent, but his skills are going to slightly decline while Krejci's grows, and you always put your best player forward. I think we should focus Hall or Seguin to play on Krejci's line, giving them time to develop chemistry.
Savard would be great with either of them as well, but when Krejci develops chemistry with a player it elevates his game to another level.
As optimistic as I am about moving up, I don't see us moving up 10 spots with one trade. I think it's more likely that we first trade up to Atlanta at 8 or Minnesota at 9, and trade up from there. The problem we're facing is that Florida, Columbus and the Islanders have the ideal spots for us to trade up to, but are in dire need for guys like Fowler, Gormley and Gudbranson. We're going to have to give them something really good if we want to get one of those picks. Whoever wants Gudbranson may "settle" for Forbort or Merill if they get a pick slotted to where they'd be drafted. They're similar defenseman, both big, physical defenseman with underrated offensive talents. That may be our best bet to trade up.