He has already taken bold steps by firing David Quinn and hiring Gerard Gallant. Drury has made it clear that the roster is not tough enough to play against, and will do anything to change that. That’s why he went hard after striker Barclay Goodrow and signed him to a big 6-year contract worth $ 3.6 a year.
The contract prompted some members of the hockey community to complain, saying it was too much for a glorified back row player. I disagree, and Goodrow is likely to play a similar third-line role to the one he played in Tampa here.
However; the entire league’s eyebrows rose on Drury’s first big day at work. On the first draft day, he traded fan and team favorite Pavel Buchnevich yesterday.
Chris Drury’s moves raise questions
In exchange for the team’s fourth top scorer, he acquired a fourth-row winger with a few question marks. Sammy Blais has the advantage and is a year younger than 26-year-old Buchnevich. He’s all been in Blues head coach Craig Berube’s niche and has had conditioning issues.
“There’s only so much overhead space to go around, so much ice time to go around,” Drury said of Buchnevich trading. With cost-controlled players like Vitali Kravtsov and Kaapo Kakko in the fold, it looks like these are better options than handing out maybe $ 6 million for 5-7 years on Buchnevich.
In answering the question he may have hinted that Barclay Goodrow is likely to start on the third row as a right winger. Which comes back to the question of what Drury thinks he’s doing at the center. So far, Filip Chytil has yet to show that he can play center well enough.
What’s Chris Drury’s next move?
So what is Chris Drury going to do next? Exchange Mika Zibanejad? It’s unlikely, but I’m using this to describe how determined Drury seems to change the style and makeup of this team.
The Rangers and maybe a handful of teams tried to work with Buffalo for Jack Eichel. While the teams supposed to follow him all made their picks in the first round, it was obvious there was no trade ahead. Elliotte Friedman intervened on the show and said the teams have argued because the price is still “too high.”
Will this change today? At this point, especially if Drury sees Barclay Goodrow as his third right winger, he needs to go further down the middle. Eichel, or another center like Evgeny Kuznetsov would be seen as an offensive upgrade from Ryan Strome.
However, that does not answer the question about 3C? He can’t see Chytil as the answer there and winger-turned-center Morgan Barron is still a work in progress. Will he overpay in free agency to reunite Blake Coleman with Goodrow?
Like I said, right now Drury’s moves raise more questions than answers. Today begins the 81st day of his tenure and the second big day of work. Rounds 2-7 of the draft begin with the Rangers holding no second-round pick. Will they go up and try to catch the Aatu Raty center?
Or is some other unforeseen movement happening.
Rangers recruit another winger
The Rangers also had the pick 16 in the draft, although they actually picked 15 because the Coyotes lost the pick 11 in a Combine violation last year. When asked if he tried to swap the pick, Drury replied that they did, but they never nearly did.
There was also a word from Rick Carpiniello that the Rangers were eyeing a goalie if they kept the pick. That’s when the Red Wings general manager got down to business and traded with the Stars to jump in and draft 6-6 6 goalie Sebastian Cossa.
With that move off the table, Drury was going to pick a cross, right? The center of Alexis Lafrenière from Rimouski, Zachary Bolduc was available. And the great pivot Chaz Lucius? Or the Russian kid who raised his eyebrows in Fedor Svechkov?
No, Drury drafted another winger in Brennan Othmann. Meanwhile, the three crosses I mentioned have all gone in order after the Ranger selection.
After being drafted, Othmann said he styles his game after Matthew Tkachuk, and likes to defend his teammates. It’s great, but the Rangers really needed to get stronger in the middle now and in the future.
One thing seems crystal clear. Drury really likes this tenacity thing.
The first day of the draft is over and Jack Eichel is still a saber
Jack Eichel’s long-awaited exchange did not take place last night. According to Elliotte Friedman, the price remains too high, causing the teams to back down. However; it looks like Sam Reinhart will join the Florida Panthers while waiting for a trade call this morning. Read more.