This is going to,be super in-depth so feel free tmnot to answer or to answer as little as possible. What would you say each teams most important draft need/strategy is over the entire draft (since not everyone has a first rounder). Like, short summary is fine or you can even pick and choose teams you like.
All right, I was typing up a long-ass post with a bunch of teams, then I read through it and realised outside of a few specific cases, I was mostly just saying the same thing. Best available player, trade back as often as possible once you’re passed the top twenty or so picks in the first round. Because that’s just the best strategy for drafting, in my view. Maximize your assets, bring as much talent into your system as you can, and work on developing it into something you can eventually make use of. Especially in this draft, where I don’t see a whole lot of difference between the guys ranked in the twenties and the guys ranked in the fifties.
So the answer stays the same for most teams, because they mostly fall into two categories: good teams who need to stockpile talent to keep their farm system full and allow them to trade prospects for immediate help during the season, and bad teams who just need to inject as much talent as possible into their systems because they’re lacking organisational depth at every positions and level.
The only really specific case where I think a team’s drafting strategy absolutely has to be by position is Montreal. They desperately needs centres. You can always find wingers in free agency and via trade, even high-end ones, but you always have to pay a premium for whatever centres are available, so if you want to contend, you need to develop your own. They have almost none right now, and Kotkaniemi isn’t nearly enough on his own. They also need defense, but they have to concentrate on centres. If I’m them, I don’t take a single winger in this draft, and after second round, I’m trading back as often as possible to get even more. They have a bunch of picks, so they could really get a great start on building up their centre and defensive depth in this draft.
I’ll admit my knowledge of various teams’ prospect pools are not as complete as I’d like, so if anybody wants a deep dive on a specific team, I’d be happy look into it and see what I can come up with. But if I tried to do that for all of them tonight, I’d be at it until 6 in the morning, and that’s when I have to get up for work lol.