Sorry for the delay between posts, I just got back from a week and half New Orleans vacation…
I’m a very level headed sports fan in regards to the teams that I watch. Sometimes in order for teams to become stronger, they must be awful for a few years. This fact I think holds the most true in the NHL.
If you take a look around the league, 3 of the best teams, Washington, Pittsburgh and Chicago all became dominant because of the fact that they were awful enough to procure high end draft picks, and they didn’t miss on those picks.
Washington – Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green, Alexander Semin, Niklas Backstrom, Jeff Schultz, Eric Fehr, Semyan Varlamov – all first round picks
Pittsburgh – Marc Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal – all first round picks
Chicago – Cam Barker, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane – all first round picks
The Bolts selected Steven Stamkos 1st in 2008, who is tied for first in the league in goals with some guys named Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, not sure if you’ve ever heard of them. For all the criticism Victor Hedman (pick #2 in 2009) has been receiving lately, he’s 19 years old, can skate as well as any Dman in the league, and is a giant. He is going to be a beast, you can mark that down.
We have a solid chance of landing in the Top 3 Lottery, which lets be honest, would be much better for our team than sitting in No Mans Land where we currently sit. No Man’s Land = picks 5-15. You’re team wasn’t good, but you weren’t even rewarded with a chance to pick up a player who can change the face of your team. To get out of No Man’s Land though, we need to stop winning. I hate saying that, but that is in the best interest of this team.
With 8 games left, we currently sit in 6/7th place tied with Columbus. We are only 2 points out of being in 3rd, and only 6 points behind Toronto for the 2nd pick in the draft. The chance to get Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin or Cam Fowler shouldn’t be taken lightly. Look at those lists I put up for the three best teams in the legaue. Let’s get a L tonight.