Sorry I should have expanded on that, the Avalanche who have accumulated a lot of good young forwards through drafting but needed defence traded O'Reilly in a package for top defensive prospect Zadorov and other parts. The two main players in that trade were O'Reilly and Zadorov. Zadorov is a very good D-man and he was made available by Buffalo as the Sabres have good depth in young D-men with young stud Ritsolainen at the top of that list.Island Nucklehead wrote:lol you say there is more than one way to skin a can, then say BPA is the only way to fly.RoyalDude wrote: But you do agree that there is more than one way to skin a cat? Like what the Oilers did in acquiring a good young D-man in Reinhart former 4th overall draft pick? Flames did the same with getting 22 year old Hamilton, giving up their 15th overall pick and two 2nds in the process. Wasn't Hamilton a top 4 pick? The Oilers had depth in picks to make that happen and have enough good young hockey players that sacrificing a 16th overall pick and a 33rd overall pick would not hurt their youthfulness.
BPA is the only way to fly, maximum value of assets to be acquired, trade for need later
I agree that if if there is a clear BPA you take him. But generally after the top couple picks, BPA is more difficult to determine. At that point, say you have a dman and a forward ranked similarly, we should lean towards the d-man. And yeah, the trade route would work, but both your examples involve stockpiling draft picks, which Benning hasn't done. When we acquire draft picks, they are usually out the door fast.
And Hamilton was 9th overall.
More than one way to skin a cat in that drafting isn't the only way to acquire good young defencemen. BPA always when drafting