Ramblings: Searching for a 2C; Ty Smith; reviewing incorrect predictions – May 22

Michael Clifford

2020-05-22

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I was reading an article from Murat Ates of The Athletic and it revolved around their second-line centre problem. Beyond the blue line in general, that 2C slot is the most glaring need the team has, and it was such a black hole that they eventually broke up Scheifele/Wheeler to get Wheeler as the 2C. Guys like Bryan Little (healthy or not) and Jack Roslovic just aren't up to the task. They can’t trade for one at the deadline every year, can they?

What I found interesting about the article was two players named: Tyler Johnson and Anthony Cirelli. Johnson as a trade target because of the Lightning's cap crunch and Cirelli for the same reason (he's due a pay raise as an RFA).

If the Jets were to trade for Cirelli, it would probably have to be at the expense of one of their marquee forwards. Not in a straight one-for-one swap, but some sort of package. What would a trade revolving around Cirelli and Patrik Laine look like? Or even Roslovic and Cirelli? There'd obviously have to be more attached in either scenario, from either side, but it's something to think about. If Winnipeg wants to keep their window open, they need a 2C. A legitimate 2C. And they don't have one.

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As pointed out by our Cam Robinson, Ty Smith won WHL Defenceman of the Year for the second time. The question I have: does Smith make the Devils next year?

I was talking to some Devils fans on Twitter before the season – lovely bunch of people – and they were adamant that Smith would be in the lineup for 2019-20. Well, will he be there in 2020-21? I hope so. It at least gives them an alternative if P.K. Subban completely flops again. For a bit more on Smith, our own Alex MacLean talked about him yesterday in his 'Capped' column.

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About a week prior to the start of the 2019-20 regular season, I wrote some Ramblings posts that summarized many of my thought