I really can't believe that we've inched our way back up to the point where we're projected to pick #7 overall. I am somewhat amazed that Edmonton actually is in position to draft before us based on the playoffs they had last year, but given we're talking about Edmonton, I should not be surprised. Last time I ran the simulator Edmonton got the #1 pick and we got the #2. I'd take that.
As things stand I don't think we can pick lower than #10, but I'd really like to see us pick higher. There's a lot of hockey left, but I'd like to see Green traded sooner rather than later and then get a about a 10 game look at Russo, Hronek, Hicketts & Renouf. That'll help with our draft position, with evaluating these players and with their development. It's sort of a lose-win-win.
If the brass feels the need to keep it entertaining they can always call up McIlrath & he and Witkowski can put on a gong show when Witkowski's suspension is over.
I'm not for losing on purpose. I want to see the Wings play their asses off every night. The Wings I want to see playing their asses off are the kids that want to fight for a job. I know that we don't really have anyone that's NHL ready in the AHL right now and they'll struggle but I think getting these kids a taste and then sending them back down is a good idea. On the other side of the coin, Hronek is the brightest prospect of the guys I named and I think it's pretty clear that he's not physically ready for the NHL. It might not be a good idea to call him up at all.
We do need to lose to Florida tonight though, preferably in regulation. If the Wings win, they inch ahead of Florida in the standings. I am very fearful of being close to the final wild card as the deadline approaches.
Regardless of if he's staying or going, Holland's legacy would be best served if he could at least rid himself of one of his bad deals as well.
Honestly, starting with Daley's 3.167 mil, we don't have a single player on a "good" deal for over 3 mil. I'd be glad to move any of them in a fair deal.