Forum Buzz: Ranking Defencemen; Fiala; Ekblad; Ehlers; Hoarding Goalies; Pettersson & More

Rick Roos


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Topic #1 In a 12 team "card" league where goal scoring is important, who is the better own for this season and next: Oliver Bjorkstrand or Valeri Nichushkin?

With his move to Seattle, Bjorkstrand goes from a featured player to top line fixture both at ES and on the PP. The question is, however, whether Seattle will have the firepower for that to be impactful. Nichushkin, despite his 2021-22 coming out party, has some question marks as well, most notably whether it will be him – versus J.T. Compher, Artturi Lehkonen, or even Alex Newhook or Evan Rodrigues – who grabs the now vacant PP1 spot formerly held by Nazem Kadri. Nichushkin is a big body player; however, the Avs already have Gabriel Landeskog for that role, and might prefer one of those other four to complete the top unit in place of Kadri, who was not at all in Nichushkin's mold. Then agai