Scenario 2: #3 Tim Stützle #5 Lucas Raymond
There’s some that suggest that if Byfield is taken by LA at #2, it’s a huge drop in terms of what’s available. Personally I’m not buying it. In this scenario it’s very close to the previous one, however things would surely look different upfront. Some suggest that Stützle/Raymond play a similar style and posses too similar of a skillset to draft them both. The fact is, for a rebuilding team like the Sens who currently have many holes and (prospects) question marks throughout their lineup, they should still take the two best players available. In my mind, Stützle is the obvious choice if Byfield is LA bound and Raymond remains the #5 pick if he’s available after Detroit picks at #4. In terms of what this gives you, Stützle has the potential to produce 80-90 points at his ceiling whether you view him as a centre or a left-winger. He has elite speed, agility beyond belief and jaw-dropping playmaking abilities.
Does he try to do too much at times or get caught out of position trying to win a puck back? Yes. He’s also 18 years old and can quite frankly do things in a game that most people wouldn’t even try in practice. Combine that skill with Raymond, who is a more subtle, slightly smaller version of Stützle, who plays the opposite wing and possesses a better finishing quality and you’ve got yourself two, lethal weapons upfront. I’m not entirely sure this scenario presents the same punch if you put your 3 top players on a line together (Tkachuk Stützle Raymond) but you could certainly opt for a more balanced approach offensively. For that reason, I’m nearly impartial to the best-case scenario as this one works out to be pretty nice in its own way.