Forum Buzz: Bouchard vs. Heiskanen; Cozens vs. Lundell; Campbell vs. Oettinger; Rossi, Barzal, Theodore, Lundkvist & More

Rick Roos

2022-07-20

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Topic #1 What might the future hold for Nils Lundqvist? Will he have started to make a mark, if at all, by game 150, which is how long this GM could stash him on his prospect bench?

I see two possible scenarios unfolding. One is he gets traded, perhaps with the underachieving but also inexpensive Kaapo Kakko, in order to obtain someone – perhaps J.T, Miller or Patrick Kane – to help the Rangers push for a Stanley Cup next season. The second is New York looks at what's happened with Colorado and figures you can't have too much of a good thing, keeping Lundqvist just as the Avs haven't – as yet – traded Samuel Girard, Devon Toews, or Bowen Byram.

Lundqvist is a lot like Byram in that he projects to be a complete package, whereas