19's and 20
Preseason I had Valk, Bredo, and Leier as next year overager locks......In my opinion that has changed a little.
Right now the only total lock I see is Curtis Valk. I would probably be giving a near 2nd lock to Dylan Bredo. Jake Doty has all of a sudden started to score with 5 goals in his last 8 games, and he is showing an offensive flair to his game. A tough guy that can score goals isn't something you wanna give away for cheap.
I don't think the Tigers will be looking to trade any of these guys specifically, but If another team comes calling it will take a good price to get one of them and I think those players maybe more valuable to the Tigers than what another team can offer. I don't expect a move to be made but if one happened It wouldn't shock me.
I think their is a decent chance Valk and Shinkaruk are back next season which means another deadly top line. Their are still questions on how well the depth will perform. Will they be slightly above average, or will they tear the league up?
Can Koules, Cox, become scoring threats every game rather than Intermittently? Koules is showing an increased offensive flair to his game. I think by next season he will be scoring threat.
How will McVeigh perform? Does Bredo remain a defenceman? he has played exceptional back their so far.Sanford has been giving an increased role on the road and has looked good doing so.
Broadhead, Penner, Labelle, Sanford, Butcher, Owre That's 2 lines of players.
Next season Pearce and likely 1 of (Bredo Leier Doty) will be gone. That leaves 2 spots which are filled by the young guys on this years team. Next season with new faces their could be an abundance of younger guys
The Tigers may have some trade bait here purely based on too many players. They may get better value now being a year younger than waiting till next season. I think eventually a move or two will need to be made based on numbers, but their is no pressure to move any of them immediately.
The 16 year olds need to play in 40 games. The Tigers have 3 of them on the roster and will be cutting it close with 21, 24, and 26 games so far.
Defense The defense are more setup for a peak in 2 years but my gut likes the core group of Lewington, Jensen, Becker, Stanton, but they are still young. If Bredo was to be changed back their permanently they could possibly be a strong point next season, but that would leave 8 guys on the back-end this year. If Bredo does stay on defense the Tigers can dress 1 more forward and get them closer to the 40 game marks.
Goaltending is still questionable for next season. I like Langhamers instincts, his angles are getting better. I don't like his consistency. Still its a concern for next year. They could possibly make a move for next season but to me it feels like they are a little stuck with what they have.
The Tigers do have a euro spot. I think its unlikely they would trade for a 1 year rental player.
The Tigers do have some potential pieces to tinker with. What do you want to see happen?