You really have to admire what Chuck Fletcher has done with his team. In two and a half years, he’s done what many GMs struggle to do: Rebuilding without bottoming out. Think of some of the best teams in the league: Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago. All built with single digit draft picks. The young, up-and-comers in this league: Florida, Edmonton. Those teams built/are building by bottoming out.
Last offseason, Fletcher supplemented his 2010 draft effort (Granlund, Bulmer, Larsson, Zucker. Three WJC Captains. No big deal.) by gaining three high-end prospects in Brodin, Phillips, and Coyle. In addition, he traded for Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, upgrading over Antti Miettinen and Andrew Brunette. Solid plan, right? Continue reading