Want to pick up Strome, Who to drop
Ryan Strome is forcing my hand and I feel I need to pick him up before someone else in my pool does, even if he doesn't play too much this season. There is no farm, so I would prefer guys who will play, but he may be dynamic enough to sit all year, so I could keep him next year and so that no one else has him. So the question is who gets cut? The three players I am considering are Cam Atkinson, Colin Wilson and Craig Smith. I am leaning towards Atkinson, even though I believe he is in a position to breakout this season, but I don't think he is valued too highly in my pool, so if I need to get him back, he should be available...
I'd go with Smith...
I think most "poolies" now have heard of Atkinson, plus he's in the most likely position to succeed in Columbus, where he should see some top-6 time which could generate more trade value...
With Smith and Wilson they're always going to be stuck behind the "big names" of Fisher, Erat, Hornqvist, Legwand and Kostitsyn. Also Trotz has never produced high point producers, his system doesn't really allow for it. So I would be more inclined to drop one of the Preds than Atkinson... I've given the edge to Wilson because he's had a few more years of NHL experience under his belt, and he did average more ice-time (16:07 and 2:19) than Smith (14:11 and 2:08).
My 2 cents.
I just don't see him being one of the 12 you keep after this year, so it seems a bit silly to hang on to him for the season. The other three have a chance at either helping your team this year, or being worth more in trade bait to another team competing. How many teams are in your league?
As it stands now, your bench is already made up of 2 rookies, a sophomore and a backup goalie.
If you did grab him, he'd have to outvalue one of Stepan, Staal, Lucic, Landeskog, Benn, Skinner, Wheeler, Doughty, Subban, OEL, Yakupov, Varlamov, Crawford/Dubnyk, etc. Those don't even include prospects like Tarasenko, Nyquist, and Scheifele.
I just can't see him being worth it at this point. You've got enough youth already -- and you'll be dumping some of them at year's end. With no farm, he's just not worth grabbing for you.
these are the guys you should be keeping...
that's 11 must keep guys. Strome would have to prove a better option than Tarasenko long term to be considered. And he is not a better option. And even if there is a season Tarasenko is already not going to be doing anything for you this year. So, why add another such player? Stick with what you have. Now if you can make some deals and package say Nyquist and Scheifele for a high end talent that can help you now, then look at such a move. But right now it's not worth it to lose a guy like Smith who should at least be a decent 50 point guy right now.
If you're set on picking him up, which I can't really blame you for, then drop Wilson. He seems to have really dropped down Nashville's list since he was drafted. The worst that can happen is that you drop Strome at the end of the year with him not having played a game (if there's a season, of course). Wilson could get you 40-50 points, but Strome is the better player. Tough call.
Out of your list of keepers (I only counted 10) I would definitely include Yakupov and OEL. I've found that quality centers are easier to redraft than defensemen or wingers. There will probably be better options available than Stepan anyways.
Drop Bernier - you have 2 goalie slots and 3 starters now, Quick would have to get his carotid artery slashed to make him a worthwhile hold.
I voted you drop Wilson. I do think Wilson has a good shot at be a top six player, but because its the Predators w/ the system Trotz employs, at best Wilson is looking like a 50 point player most seasons. Craig Smith has more offensive ability than Wilson, and I think he could be a 60 point player in Nashville.
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