Ramblings: Draft Favourites; Signing Recaps; Grier, Wickenheiser, Campbell & More (July 6)

Alexander MacLean

2022-07-06

As the resident Nashville fan, I have to say that when I saw the Ryan McDonagh trade my immediate reaction was disappointment. To me it meant the team was going to continue to toil as a bubble playoff team, they were going to continue to spend money un-wisely, and they didn't have a full understanding of the leverage they had in taking cap from Tampa, nor did they somehow realize the leverage they had with the Phillipe Myers contract as a potential buyout and cap saving maneuver for another team.

Having some time to digest things, the Preds do become a better team with the move, and that's the whole point of making a trade. It may not be perfect for either side, but it could turn out to be a bit of a win for both. Gooding and Cliffy both gave their insights into the fantasy ripples, so I won't dive very far down that rabbit hole. I do think this will keep the Preds inside the playoff picture, as their defensive depth was a big issue last season. Adding Mcdonagh really solidifies the defensive end of things, and pushes the other players down the list into more suitable roles.

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The NHL draft begins tomorrow, and there's a few notes I want to get out there before it gets underway. But first, if you didn't pick it up, you can do so here.

I put out my rankings at the time back in May, and things have changed a bit since then, though not really as much as you may expect. A few favourites of mine relative to where they are likely to be picked include Noah Ostlund, Denton Mateychuk, Jagger Firkus, Lane Hutson, and Isaac Howard. Hoping that the Preds (#17) and the Leafs (#25) can each pick one up, as well as me in my cap league where I have a first rounder (#27).

Speaking of, after having dealt away the #10 and #21 picks in a blockbuster, I was glad to recoup pick #27 in a separate deal, as that's right around where my main tier for fantasy relevance starts to drop off this year. There's a top-three with Wright, Cooley, and Slaf, a pretty clear top-nine with Nemec, Jiricek, Savoie, Gauthier, Kemell, and Lekkerimaki, before it levels out and you could make a case for about any of the next 18 guys to bring us to 27.

I expect there to be a few defencemen that rise up the draft board, seeing five or six