Ramblings: My take on the 2018 Top 5 Draft picks, Sunday’s action and more (Apr 30)
I had planned to provide in-depth commentary on what Rasmus Dahlin will mean to his new team the Buffalo Sabres, but after reading Ian’s take yesterday (here) there is really nothing more to add. I think he nailed it. The Cole’s notes: don’t expect immediate miracles; do expect Rasmus Ristolainen to lose PP time but improve his plus/minus; do expect Dahlin to round into a top-scoring NHL defenseman eventually.
So let’s discuss Andrei Svechnikov’s impact on the Hurricanes. This team will already have two of the following three prospects making the jump: Martin Necas, Warren Foegele and Valentin Zykov. All three impressed during cups of coffee this past season, but I don’t believe an established team like Carolina will have four rookie forwards. I think you can cap it at two and maybe a third rookie join in the middle of the season. If all three of them just won’t be denied, I think there’s a chance that Svechnikov could be this year’s Jonathan Drouin. That is to say, there is a chance that he just rips up junior for another season and makes the jump a year later. That risk exists – he’s not a shoe-in. The ‘Canes will be saying goodbye to Lee Stempniak and possibly Derek Ryan. Joakim Nordstrom is an RFA but I wonder if he’s even worth qualifying, given the talent that’s on the way. If Svechnikov makes the team, my hunch is that he won’t be shooting out the lights en route to a 60-point Calder-worthy season. Instead, something conservative in the mid-40s. This is just the wrong team for him to make an early impact – Montreal would have been better for first-year results.
So the Habs are looking at Quinn Hughes, a lefty rearguard with high-end wheels who can run a power play. Just what the doctor ordered for this team. And despite all the jokes going around the Internet – Marc Bergevin has learned his lesson about trading young high-end defensemen. He’ll keep this one. Normally I would say, on about 20 other teams, that they would push to get him signed and turn pro. One thing to keep in mind here is that Quinn’s younger brother Jack is looking to play for Michigan and so the possibility of playing a year with his brother is a factor here. But that aside, many teams would push for him to turn pro and put him straight on their team. Montreal? Look at Mikhail Sergachev and Noah Juulsen – both players had to go back to their respective leagues for at least a