We are at a point in time where we can start counting down hours until the draft but there’s still plenty of time for things to happen between now and when Mr. Irrelevant gets picked. So, let’s take a stab at what happens between now and then in what may be the most unpredictable draft day in years. (Keep in mind that this is just for fun and I have about as much of a chance of being right as I do of winning the lottery.)
- The Flyers have been linked to Pittsburgh defenseman, Kris Letang, who allegedly has Philadelphia on his list of preferred teams. Letand would be a good fit in Philly and a sizable upgrade offensively and defensively to the team’s blue line. Ray Shero is no fool, though. If Holmgren even called him, the starting price would be ridiculously high. I predict that Shero and Jim Rutherford spend a lot of time on the phone today and Pittsburgh ships Letang to Carolina in a deal for the Hurricanes’ first pick.
- Losing out on the chance to move up to Carolina’s pick in the draft, Holmgren pulls the trigger on a deal shipping Braydon Coburn to Edmonton — but not for the the seventh overall pick. Instead, the Flyers land the 37th and 56th picks and Magnus Paajarvi.
- With the 11th overall pick, the Flyers draft… nobody. In a blockbuster move, Paul Holmgren sends the first round pick, Scott Laughton and Petr Straka to Vancouver for Cory Schneider and the 115th pick. Joacim Eriksson goes on to be a Vezina-winning goalie in Vancouver.
- With rumors already swirling that the salary cap will jump significantly next season, the Flyers opt to keep Matt Read, whose name has been floated in trade rumors for quite a while now.
- Although Montreal and Detroit appear to be the frontrunners for Vinny Lecavalier, Paul Holmgren pulls a classic Homer and comes out of nowhere to sign Vinny, switching him between Claude Giroux’s wing on the first line and centering the second line next season.
- As the first round winds down, the Flyers trade back up into the first round for the 37th pick and next year’s first round pick, prying away the Blue Jackets’ third and final first round pick, to select Mike McCarron, the 6’4″, 228lb. American right winger. As a highly penalized winger with a huge frame, reporters deem him a Flyer in waiting. Fans moan in agony.
Pretty crazy, I know. That’s what I’m expecting today. Then again, I also expected the playoffs to be topsy turvy and that was not the case.