OK, not exactly something we haven’t brought up from time to time, but I can’t help but think about it more.
Would you trade the 1st overall and 19th overall pick to Colorado for 2nd and 11th overall?
I think I would. Last year, that gets you any one of these players:
Jack Campbell, Cam Fowler, Brandon Gormley, Jaden Schwartz, Derek Forbort, Vladimir Taresenko, etc…
As well, it also gets you one other player not named Taylor Hall.
Would you do it? I’m stealing a conversation between “spOILer” and “cabbiesmacker” on Lowetide. spOiler asked the question I phrased above, and cabbiesmacker replied with:
If it’s safe to assume that Taylor Hall and RNH are “franchise” players and using last years draft as an example : Are the Oilers stronger with Taylor Hall than they would have been with Skinner and Fowler?
Good questions, both of them.
Personally, I have to say that I think Taylor Hall is still the best player available in that draft. However, I have to say that I would take a defenceman of Cam Fowler’s ability and a forward of the Tyler Seguin variety over Taylor Hall and the picks 19th and beyond.
Now, I think this is a deeper draft that last year. However, I’d still say that I would give HEAVY consideration to swapping firsts with Colorado.. if they were interested.
Depending on who they picked, we could end up with a pretty excellent combination of players.
That said… would it be bad if we kept our 1 and 19 picks and went with a combination of say:
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Sean Couturier
What do you think?