Last week-end I watched as Dougie Hamilton and Jamie Oleksiak took apart the Ottawa 67s and I was left thinking that maybe the best way of improving the Sens right now would be to go after some already well-developed prospects instead of just sitting around waiting for some of our defensive prospects to develop.
I'm not impatient. I believe in the draft and it's process. But there are other ways to build a team.
So I thought about this a bit and came up with five young defenders that I believe are very close to being ready to play and I'd love to go after, of course wondering just what it would take to pry one of these guys away. These guys are among the top dman prospects around.
The five I chose were in the order I'd want them: Adam Larsson (NJD), Dougie Hamilton (Bruins), Travis Hamonic (NYI), Jamie Oleksiak (Dallas) and John Merrill (NJD). Hamilton would probably be the hardest / most costly to get, but given how much the other teams need scoring, I think a deal could be struck.
We have a fair number of prospects. How many of these prospects do you think it would cost for one of these guys? I'm talking about O'Brien, Prince, Petersson, Wiercoch, Gryba, Da Costa, Butler and Stone (not one I'd want to move), maybe Foligno... not Z'jad or Silfverberg.
How about (one example) Prince, Da Costa and Butler for Adam Larsson or Dougie Hamilton.
Great trade for both teams!