11.1.16 Mailbag (The Podcast Overflow One)

Well friends, we put out a call for podcast questions yesterday and got a truly overwhelming number of responses. Which, by the way, is a GREAT problem to have. These are the questions that we felt worked better in written form, or we just weren’t prepared to answer last night.

Jen: who do you think is staying past the 9 game cut off?

C: I think guys that are staying are pretty obvious — Matthew Tkachuk up in Calgary and Mitch Marner in Toronto. Though I think an unexpected guy who will make the NHL this year is Denis Malgin with the Florida Panthers (though unlike Tkachuk or Strome, he is coming from Switzerland, so has no CHL deal to mess about with).

I do think the Coyotes will send back Crouse and Strome to juniors. Both have been scratched multiple times so far this season, with only 5 and 3 games respectively. Strome, specifically has been someone that a few people have been concerned with. Another year in juniors could suit him well.

Andrew: rank the preferred scenarios: Stars stand pat with goaltending, make a Big Move, make a Little Move. it feels like the Stars have had really bad luck/outcomes with their 1st round picks in the last 6-10 years. Is this true? what is the objective value of Korpikoski? Better than Smith & Dowling?

M: Big move, little move, standing pat. I really don’t want to stand pat with these goaltenders in the event we recover enough to make it to the off season. (Fingers crossed, small animal sacrificed, etc) Still wondering how we make a big move work with our cap space though.

The Stars last ten first round draft picks were, in reverse order: Denis Guryanov, Julias Honka, Jason Dickinson, Valeri Nichushkin, Radek Faksa, Jamie Oleksiak, Jack Campbell, Scott Glennie, Ivan Vishnevskiy, and Matt Niskanen.

Of those, the biggest hit so far has probably been Radek Faksa, who was selected 13th overall in 2012. The biggest bust is probably up for debate, but I’d like to nominate Val Nichushkin. His ceiling is probably higher than Jack Campbell and Jamie Oleksiak’s, but he’s not even playing in the league anymore. Neither, for that matter, is Ivan Vishnevskiy. And Scott Glennie we obviously let go by not renewing his contract. So another bust.

Honka has the ability to be a big part of the Stars defense going forward, so I wouldn’t call him a bust. I wouldn’t call Jason Dickinson a bust either. Do you see where I’m going with this.

I see a marked difference in drafting after Jim Nill came on board, because I do believe that Jim Nill knows what he’s doing in a way that Joe Nieuwendyk just did not. Or whoever was scouting for Nieuwendyk, I guess. (Likewise Brett Hull, Les Jackson, and Doug Armstrong before him, since ten first round picks goes all the way back to 2005.)

C: I would just like to point out that Matt Niskanen is actually pretty decent defender, though he isn’t on the Stars any longer. That said, his trade did get us Goligoski, who I won’t complain about, though there are STILL people who think he was bad.

M: No arguments there. Niskanen was drafted under Armstrong’s regime, but so was Vishnevskiy, who played a total of five NHL games.

C: Anyway, my ranks (if we’re talking specifically about goaltending) big move, stand pat, little move. I don’t think there are too many “little moves” that can actually change our goaltending picture, unless it’s bringing in a prospect. That would be good, but also wouldn’t affect the NHL level, which is where we currently have problems.

And then going back to drafting — pretty much outside the top 3 there’s a large talent drop off. The uncertainty of any prospect is very, very high. You could make this list for nearly any team in the NHL.

M: And I have no idea when the last time was that they drafted in the top 3. Oh wait, it was never. They have never drafted in the top 3. Which is cool? For? Us? I guess?

Shelby: NHL restricting all-star voting to ‘bona fide players’ to prevent another John Scott situation. But what is ‘bona fide’… // and why doesn’t the NHL like fun? It is the all star game after all!

M: First, I want to point out that the NHL is 100% wrong to institute this ruling. It’s demeaning to players, completely deaf to what fans want out of the All Star weekend, and is almost entirely about their own embarrassment.

That said, I’m in the camp that wasn’t entirely wild about John Scott’s nomination for All Star Weekend anyway, especially as it began as a rather mean-spirited joke. John Scott himself turned it into something better than it started, but let’s not kid ourselves about the joke’s origin. Two dudes who run a rather popular podcast thought it would be hilarious to vote in a 4th line scrub who has one foot in the AHL and one in the NHL.

But now that the cat’s out of the bag, I’m not surprised they’re instituting rules. I don’t know how you define “bona fide” players. Are they instituting a cut off in minutes? Points? I have no clue. Probably they’ve left it intentionally vague to disqualify players they don’t like. But you can’t buy the publicity that John Scott got for the NHL last season, and I think they’re dumb to not try to capitalize on it.

C: I agree with everything Merrin’s saying. And honestly that phrasing is just insulting and really the absolutely wrong way to go about it.

Frankly, it would be amazing if each division had the PLAYERS vote for a “good in the room” guy who has never made it to the All Star Game. Then it would actually be an honor.

Mr. Congeniality, if you will.

M: Oh my gosh I love that idea.

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