the fact that the Oilers and Flames had better drafts than us means we are no further ahead today than we were before the draft, and perhaps we are further behind.
They got Tkachuk, who is exactly what they needed up front.
Yes but we got Juolevi, who is exactly what we
... and who, according to HW, was ranked higher (as high as #3) than Tkachuk by most GMs.
They then got their goalie and will be better next year for it. That was their big weakness this year and they've improved it.
Oh yes, I'm aware goaltending was their big weakness (I've comment on it many times in this forum).
(btw please note how I've NEVER ONCE reminded the Flamegoalies>Miller crowd
how wrong they were)
However, Elliot is 31 and has run hot-n-cold his entire career.
He has always performed better in a 1A/1B situation... crapped out in the two seasons he played 55 games.
Probably why... in the last 5 seasons.. he has averaged only 37 games per year.
True, a better goaltender than anything they had last season, but they paid too high a price IMO.
Elliot cost them a high 2nd+ ... Gudbranson cost us a high 2nd+
... okay, I get it now, I guess in my mind I include the Gudbranson acquisition as part of the draft
(trade was a few weeks ago but it's the reason we didn't draft high in the 2nd)
Perhaps in retrospect I should have said over the past month we are "further ahead than the Flames"
Then they picked up another top goalie prospect,
Everything I've read says Parsons was the 6th highest-ranked goalie in the draft.
The odds of him ever making the bigs are minuscule at best.
He's not a "top"
a solid forward out of the dub in Dube, a solid young offensive dman prospect in Adam Fox, two decent power forward prospects in Mattson and Tuulola, and a lottery ticket in Matthew Phillips.
Oh come on, you know as well as I do none of those guys are likely to ever go anywhere...
Of course a lot of this was because they were able to pick up extra picks over the year, something Benning hasn't been able to do.
We made 6 selections in 7 rounds, would've been 8 selections if not for the Guds trade (a great
The Flames made 9 selections, but it's doubtful they came away with a better haul (Benning = drafting guru).
Over the past month
Canucks have dropped McCann and added Juolevi + 24-yr-old Guds + 5 longshots
Over the past month
Flames have added Tkachuk + 31-yr-old Elliot + 8 longshots
Personally I prefer what the Canucks have done, but you're entitled to your opinion.
Over the past 2 months
Canucks have also added Stecher, Laplante, Garteig
.... three more longshots.
(not sure if the Flames have done anything similar, no time for research right now)
EDIT: all i can find is Flames signing two going-on-24-yr-olds who have never set foot outside Czech.