by Brandt Corbin
Rookie general manager and all, how big of a splash is Kevin Cheveldayoff willing to make at this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft? The former Chicago Assistant General Manager has two bargaining chips that he could use. The question is does he trade up to move into the top 5, or use one or both of the chips to get an established player such as Jeff Carter.
The two key chips to the team is Zach Bogosian, drafted 3rd overall in 2008. They also hold the #7 pick overall in this year’s draft in Minnesota. Would Edmonton or Colorado take both of those assets for the 1rst or 2nd overall pick? In possibly trading Bogosian there of course is risk involved. The American defenseman struggled last season, but if we look back 15 years ago, Chris Pronger struggled early in his career as well and we all know how he turned out.
Cheveldayoff knows quite well, how important a front line young stud like Jonathan Toews, can change a franchises fortunes. Like the Hawks four-five years ago, the new Winnipeg hockey club has some key parts in place for the future, but they are missing that main centerpiece. Hence the reasoning for possibly moving up in the draft, if a deal is there to be had.
Winnipeg’s prospect pool not deep
Not including Bogosian or Alexander Burmistrov, Winnipeg is not overly deep when it comes to prospects. The team’s does not have loads of youngsters to include in other trades. The top three prospects are Patrice Cormier, Carl Klingberg and Spencer Machacek, all of which are forwards. The best defenseman in the system would be Paul Postma and Arturs Kulda, but both are considered depth re-guards. Other assets the team has are (2) 3rd & (2) 4th round draft picks.
Come 7pm on Friday June 24th, we should know by then whether or not Cheveldayoff will make a deal. That decision itself will tell us the direction in which the team will take.