Edited June 7th
While watching the Halifax Mooseheads all season and especially during the memorial cup I couldn't help but notice how well MacKinnon and Drouin play together. They are ranked 2 and 3 on the NHL's central scouting report and after they leave Halifax, they will proberly never play together again. But while I was watching the memorial cup final on Sunday I couldn't help but think, how awesome it would be if a team traded so they could draft both of these guys? Having these 2 play together on your team with their chemistry for the next 20 years would be almost like having Gretzky. If this were to happen it would proberly be Colorado, Florida or Tampa that would do it because they have the top 3 picks and they would only have to trade for 1 other pick but since I like and follow the Oilers I'm going to propose a way for Edmonton to draft both of these 2 this year in 2 huge, inprobable, blockbuster trades. Here goes....
After MacKinnon's 2 memorial cup hat-tricks and his fantastic play in the tornament he pretty much forced himself back into the #1 spot at the draft, so if Edmonton were to want to draft MacKinnon they would have trade for the 1st overall pick. Cloutier mentioned a couple blogs ago (http://www.hockeybuzz.com...1&blogger_id=131
) that he thinks edmonton should trade their 1st round picks in 2013 and 2014 for the 3rd overall pick. I think this would be a fair trade but if we were to trade these 2 picks for the 1st overall we would need to add another asset. I think Ladislav Smid would be a good addition because Colorado needs defense and they could use a good shut down defenseman like Smid. Patrick Roy has expressed an interest in trading the pick and this could be a viable option because you could get the 2nd ranked defensive prospect with the 7th overall pick (after Jones), you would get Smid, one of the best defensive defensemen in the game. And you would get the Oilers draft pick next year which has a huge possibility to be in the top 10.
Next you have to get Drouin. Jones will go 2nd if he doesn't go 1st overall so that means we would need the 3rd overall pick to draft Drouin. I would of said to do what Cloutier said in his last blog but we would of already traded those 2 picks away for MacKinnon so we would need to find some other assets to use. Hemsky doesn't have a spot with Edmonton anymore so he could be traded and Gagner's roster spot would be taken by MacKinnon so we could trade him. Tampa could use this because Gagner could fill the void that they have in their 2nd line center position and Hemsky could be a good playmaker to set up Stamkos on the 1st line, pretty much what they would get with Drouin. But this proberly wouldn't be enough to pry the pick from Tampa so we would have to add one more player/ pick. I think Rajala would be a good addition because he's showing he can be a top 6 player in the NHL this year in the AHL but there's no room for him on Edmonton because they have too many small players. Rajala could be used on the second line with Gagner and Crombeen. This trade would hopefully entice Tampa to part with their pick because we're giving them what they would get with Drouin in Hemsky, and then in addition they would get a second line center and a stud prospect.
So if this we're to happen the trades would be.....
To Colorado: 2013 1st round pick (7), 2014 1st round pick and Smid
To Edmonton: 2013 1st overall pick (MacKinnon)
To Tampa Bay: Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and Toni Rajala
To Edmonton: 2013 3rd overall pck (Drouin)
This would make our lines....
Hall - Nuge - Eberle
Drouin - MacKinnon - Yakupov
Paajarvi - Horcoff - Hartikainen
Brown - Lander - Petrell
Schultz - Streit
Petry - Belov
Fedun - Klefbom
As you can see I`ve made some changes to the lines for next year other than getting Drouin and MacKinnon like promoting Fedun to the NHL and Mark Streit being signed. We have a chance to sign Streit because MacT sees that we need another legit 1st pairing defense and Streit would consider coming here because he has history with Kreuger.
For the "someone" in goal it could be Yann Danis or some random UFA signing to play backup to Devan Dubnyk.
As you can see this is a great improvement on the current roster and in a year or 2 it would be deadly and most likely eventually win a cup.
Hope you enjoyed the blog and let`s hope MacTavish reads this and can pull this off!