Ironhorse wrote:1. Erik Johnson
2. Phil Kessel
3. Jonathan Toews
4. Peter Mueller
5. Nicklas Backstrom
6. Jordan Staal
7. Derrick Brassard
8. Kyle Okposo
9. Jiri Tiusty
10. Bryan Little
Final draft rankings come out in early June. Do we go for a RW with Okposo after we trade down. He has been on the rise all year long.
I thought Okposo was a center too? Anyway I think everyone around here is grossly overestimating the possible return in trading down, especially in what everyone seems to feel is a 'weak draft'. Keep in mind Florida got Samuelsson for the 1st overall.
I don't think there is going to be that great of an offer on the table to pass up the #2 pick. We have an opportunity we might not see again for some time (hopefully), so why waste it. If Johnson is available there's no question. Otherwise its Kessel or Staal.
I've posted a few times now that I think the real opportunity this team has is to move its second round pick into the mid first round. If we could do this for, lets say Ouellet, and get Mitera or Wishart it would make missing out on Johnson a bit less painful. Then again, with a month and a half to go and no GM in place, who the hell knows what will happen.