So you’re a a fantastic hockey player and it’s your draft year. Congratulations. There’s a pretty good chance you’re going to end up rich, and you’ll also probably track down a little notoriety and perhaps an interested member of the opposite sex. You’re also going to be playing on a hockey team that was very, very bad last season.
That’s okay because you’ll probably make the team, but it’s safe to say that you’ll get over that in a hurry, and the realization that you’re on a garbage team unwilling to spend any money and give you good linemates and this city sucks and AAAAAHHHHH.
You’ll be spoiled quick.
So what’s the best-case scenario? Well, essentially, the best case scenario is that some good team is willing to trade a talented player that another team wants bad enough to trade their first round pick, then that team fails even with their new, talented player, then the good team gets a top pick, then TYLER SEGUIN GOES NUMBER TWO OVERALL TO THE BOSTON BRUINS AND WINS THE CUP THE NEXT YEAR.
That’s…that’s pretty much as good as it gets.
More likely, you’ll end up as Rick Nash in Columbus or Ilya Kovalchuk in Atlanta or John Tavares in New York (things are better right now folks, I know, calm down), languishing in last while earning some personal acclaim.
So if you’re looking at the remaining 15-20% of the NHL schedule, which this season happens to be about eight games, what are you rooting for? Seth Jones, Nate MacKinnon, even Jonathan Drouin…what’s your best case scenario, gents?
I can’t speak for them, and frankly, they wouldn’t speak for themselves anyway (in case they end up somewhere they trashed), so let’s get to it…here’s what I’m rooting for if I’m them. Read the rest of this entry »