PHR Chat With Gavin Lee: 03/30/17
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Gavin Lee
5:15
Welcome to this week's chat folks.
5:16
I have to apologize right off the bat if I'm a little slow with replies..I stabbed myself in the hand yesterday. I know, I'm an idiot.
5:17
I'll let some questions roll in before getting started.
Karlsson is going to lose his iron man streak. Wild must be pumped.
5:23
Also I'm taking suggestions for a Jeurys Familia replacement in fantasy...I have to beat the MLBTR guys.
Daniel
5:28
Nats new closer Treinen, Edwin Diaz, Roberto Osuna, Oh on Cards, some these guys probably picked already but idk who's available
Gavin Lee
5:28
All those guys are long gone. Every closer is..and a lot of setup guys. Haha.
5:29
The Final Boss is my first closer, which will work nicely. And Familia is only out for a couple of weeks.
Anyway. Hockey.
Joseph
5:31
Hi Gavin, Just wondering what your thoughts are on the upcoming draft class
Gavin Lee
5:31
Hi Joseph.
5:32
I actually think there is a lot of talent in the upcoming class. Sure, there isn't the sure-fire franchise guy at the top (even Patrick isn't that) but there is a lot of center depth in the first round.
Owen Tippett is going to score goals in the NHL, even if he isn't a first line winger.
5:33
And the crop after Patrick/Hischier are all solid NHL centers. Glass, Rasmussen, Vilardi, Mittlestadt, Suzuki all have chances to have long successful careers.
Jake Oettinger is one to watch, basically the only goaltender who has a chance to go in the first round.
He was really, really good in college this year as just a kid.
Joseph
5:36
agreed as a Devils fan I am hoping we can grab one of those centers or a puck moving defencemen, anyway playoff talk, are you worried about the pens or wild recent struggles?
Gavin Lee
5:36
Gabe Vilardi would be pretty wonderful beside Taylor Hall..
5:37
Pens are getting healthy, not worried about them at all.
The Wild are a tough one, because of how much Dubnyk has struggled.
They need him to get back on track, because they don't have any other option.
5:38
Alex Stalock of all people is starting for them.
Daniel
5:38
Shawn Kelley, Tyler Thornburg Mauricio Cabrera, Arodys Vizcaino has been amazing this spring, Ken Giles, Brandon Maurer, just a few more. Sam Dyson but doubt he available
Gavin Lee
5:38
I wish Maurer was available. He's an old favorite of mine.
5:39
This says Cabrera is set to start on the DL..
Joseph
5:40
Would handcuffing Familia with Reed be crazy?
Gavin Lee
5:40
It wouldn't be, but he got drafted because everyone (but me) knew the Familia suspension was coming down. They are the MLBTR guys after all..
Sad Wings Fan
5:42
Your thoughts on the end of the streak and how we return to prominence
Gavin Lee
5:42
Though I'm not really a Wings fan, I share your sadness.
5:43
Detroit in the playoffs is a tradition, and it's hard to see them struggle so hard this season.
But it's not all bad! They started the rebuild nicely at the deadline, getting real returns for Smith and Vanek.
The talk of "not making this a habit" is a little frightening, instead of buying into a real rebuild.
Sad Wings Fan
5:44
Too much money spent on average players IMHO
Gavin Lee
5:44
You aren't wrong.
But it's hard to commit to a rebuild before you've even lost.
5:45
Spending was their only option, and there haven't been difference makers available for a while.
Daniel
5:45
Is Patrick still the #1 overall pick if the draft was held today?
Gavin Lee
5:45
I've been considering this for a while.
I think he would be, still.
5:46
Patrick is Eric Staal if everything breaks right, which is incredible. But he does have some red flags, and they're not just the injuries.
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