Seems like people are content tanking and ending up with two top 5 picks or something like that. I’m not so sure that will solve their issues. Back in 97 we had the 1st and 8th overall picks, and ended up with Joe Thornton and Sergei Samonsov. We won one playoff round with them. Granted, I feel like we have more pieces in place on this team than we did then, but you get my point. Say we end up with two top 5 picks, here are players who either were busts or were nothing GREAT since 2000 (excluding goalies)
Jordan Staal (debatable)
Phil Kessel (debatable)
Some of the ones down the list it may be too early, but my point is taken. If you want to look further down to the top 10, it really gets ugly. We also had two top 10 picks, Kessel and Zach Hamill, and neither is playing for the Bruins right now.
While I would love to get Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler, it’s no guarantee this team does well or they pan out.
That’s the lineup you build your team around, and put some solid pieces around them. Ryder, Ference, Hunwick, Begin, Thornton, Recchi, and Satan can all go. I’d consider re-signing Morris at a reasonable deal. Sturm I like, he just can’t stay healthy lately.