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Stages Of A Rebuild

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

This brings us around to the fourth and largest group of the rebuild club, a collection of teams that, through their own ineptitude, have accumulated some attractive pieces in the draft. In time they could free themselves from rebuild bondage and join the Winnipegs and Torontos. They could also be trapped in that Dallas-Minnesota netherworld....

The problem is there are at least 10 other teams in the same position. As it happens, the next six teams that blow through town — beginning Thursday with the Arizona Coyotes, running through Sunday and the Florida Panthers and continuing with the Oilers, Sabres, Red Wings and Hurricanes — are members, more or less, of that same club, which raises the question: Which of these teams will get it right?

Just wish like hell we could tell you.

Compare, for instance, the Canucks’ lineup and the Coyotes’ lineup. In the last four drafts, the Canucks have picked 23rd, fifth, fifth and seventh. The Coyotes have picked third, seventh and 16th and, in 2016, 23rd and fifth.

You know about the Canucks’ young core. The Coyotes, for their part, have assembled a nucleus of Clayton Keller, Jakob Chychrun and Alex Galchenyuk (the return for Max Domi) with centre Barrett Hayton coming.

So, tell me, who’s farther ahead?


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