Is it Drafty in here?

Tonight’s the night.  I’m more excited to see what happens with the top two picks than anything else.  What do you want to see?  Who do you want the Hawks to take? 

I personally don’t feel that strong about anybody.  Certainly with the 28th pick, it’s basically a crapshoot anyways and anybody who tells you the Hawks screwed up the pick is jerking you around.  Unless they pick Denis Savard’s daughter to make up for the way they treated him this year.

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12 Responses to Is it Drafty in here?

  1. Patrick says:

    When are the trades going to start to happen and are the Hawks going to be a player?

  2. John says:

    Looks like pretty quickly if Brian Burke has his way. Supposedly discussing Phil Kessel to Toronto for Kaberle and the 7th pick.

    No surprise that the Hawks are seeing what they can get for Barker. I would be a bit shocked if the Hawks make any moves of significance this evening.

  3. Patrick says:

    I have read a bit about Kaberle for Barker and a 2nd Rnd pick (or Skille) – would you do it?

  4. John says:

    Seems kind of like a lateral move to me albeit with the Hawks taking on more salary and an older player.

    I’d rather the Hawks focus on getting a solid defenseman for Barker rather than a defenseman with a style similar to him, Keith, and Campbell.

  5. Lou says:

    Burke Nixed that trade with the Bruins. He doesn’t want to give up the pick. I don’t think Kaberle does much for us. Scuderi would be cheaper and a better acquisition.

    I would rather see us move on a forward. Kessel would be a nice sub for Havlat. If we can’t get in on the super trades than a good UFA signing wouldn’t hurt.

    Toews and Kane are going to keep getting better so we will most likely pick up scoring from them…

    Havlat may be gone. not sure if that is a total loss. How much more better is he gonna get???

  6. josh says:

    I’m hoping more for Peter Holland than Drew Shore at this point. Seems to me that the Shore is like the American version of Beach/Aliu, and I really don’t think that the Hawks need any more “character” players of that type in the system. Our main focus at this year’s draft should be getting a power forward, which is something we desperately need to supplement the potential loss of Byfuglien/Brouwer, and getting a stay at home defenseman. We’ve already got LaLonde in the pipeline for a Campbell-esque player, so I hope that the Hawks take a serious look at Jesse Blacker in the second round.

    Blacker played on the Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires this season, a team that coincidentally has Ryan Ellis as it’s star D-man. Blacker may not have the glamor as Ellis, but he improved drastically from last year and put up important minutes on a championship team.

    Let’s just hope the Hawks’ actions, regardless of what happens, don’t end up costing us in the long-run. We’ve already got a tight-knit group and a fair amount of skill, all we need now is some players that could make an impact/complement the squad in a few years time.

  7. Patrick says:

    I’m with you two – Barker should improve a bit, and provided he doesn’t demand the moon, he’d be a good signing, and he’d be cheaper and younger then Kaberle. Kessel would be an interesting “get” but what would the Hawks have to give up to get him, and would he fit in economically? Really though, I think the Hawks need a true 2nd Center though as Bolland to me isn’t quite that, but he’s a really good 3rd Center. Would Sharpie be that 2nd center? Maybe, but I think he was better on the wing (although maybe not).

    I have read the rumor that Havlat could come back for a year, which would be good – give him $6MM (+) to do that since he would only count against this years’ cap. Would he do that though? If I were him, I could go either way on that. A chance to win a ring, and you’re still young enough to get a big deal (which may be scarce next year though), but given his history, the security of a longer deal could be good too. It would be a gamble, but if he stays healthy and produces, he hits the jackpot next year.

    So, who are the UFA’s the Hawks go after? I think they need a good D-Man, a second center and maybe a backup goalie (Crawford or Nemi, really? – why no love from “the Monster”?)- and if Havlat leaves, a decent wing to take his place.

    The Hawks are close, and hopefully some FA’s will see that and want it…

  8. John says:

    @josh- The only thing I would disagree with is the Hawks focusing on ‘power forwards’. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching the Hawks all these years, they have never problems finding guys like that. Not to mention, Beach/Aliu fit right into the mold with guys like Bickell and Klinkhammer a notch below them.

    @pat- In no particular order, the realistic UFA’s I’d like the Hawks to go after are Madden, Tanguay, and Kovalev. And if Cammalieri is looking for something in $3 million range, why not, but that’s not going to happen.

  9. Lou says:

    I like Budish or Palmieri more than Holland

  10. Josh says:

    @John; I see what you mean, but I haven’t heard anyone say that Aliu will project to be a top six center, and his limited skill set really isn’t suited for the “new NHL” style hockey. Getting a competent center behind Toews that has got some size and can produce some secondary scoring would relieve some pressure.

    From all accounts, I hear that Beach has got the talent to contribue, but time will tell if Q can corral his attitude and teach him systems. I’d feel more
    comfortable if Tallon went out and got a guy who’s a little more emotionally stable, rather than putting so much faith in one guy. Whether Tallon does it through the draft or the FA really doesn’t matter I guess.

  11. Lou says:

    according to TSN Bolland has re-signed for 5 at 18MM!

  12. Josh says:

    Who the shit is Dylan Olsen? I’ve got some serious research to
    do, thanks Tallon.

    Anyone else say to themselves “Why not Simon Despres?”

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