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  1. Jim Benning's Drafting

    Can't look at the picks in a vacuum. Say what you want about how good Virtanen and McCann could yet become, Nylander and Pasternak were available at those two spots and you'd be insane to think Toronto or Boston would entertain a 1-for-1 trade like that now.
  2. It's definitely not Pouliot coming out when Gudbranson is healthy. As I see it, it's between Gudbranson and Stecher for the 6th D spot, and I'd be tending towards the latter.
  3. Nikita Tryamkin | D

    If Goldobin can stick with the team and we add another Russian to our roster, there might be enough there to tempt him back. Things appear to be different now under Green, Goldobin is playing with Bo and Boeser immediately after his call up - rookies aren't having to prove it on the 4th line like Jake and Jared did a few seasons ago. If Tryamkin sees that kind of trust in youth and not deference to categorically worse players based on league tenure (Sbisa...), he may be tempted. Tanev, Hutton, Stecher, Juolevi, Pouliot, Tryamkin (+ hopefully a high end D prospect like Dahlin or Boqvist this year) gives us a solid base and the cap space from Edler, Gudbranson and MDZ to potentially pursue Karlsson.
  4. canucks next move is very important

    Give Goldobin a shot starting tonight? Baertschi - Horvat - Boeser Sedin - Sedin - Goldobin Eriksson - Gagner - Vanek Granlund - Gaunce - Virtanen
  5. Erik Gudbranson | #44 | D

    Out of interest, Tom Sestito was a big man that made opposing players think twice about taking liberties, but was a fundamentally flawed hockey player at the NHL level. Why are people so defensive of Gudbranson but were so willing to throw Sestito out the door? Also, the point around his super high even strength on-ice save percentage is fallacious. Yes, it is 0.966, but last year it was 0.888 and career he averages out around 0.918. League average even strength save percentage from 2011 (his NHL debut season) is 0.921, so he's below par on that front.
  6. Elias Pettersson | C/LW

    I think he needs a year of AHL seasoning after this. No point in rushing him. 2019-20 Top 9 of: Baertschi Horvat Boeser Goldobin Pettersson Dahlen Lind Gaudette Virtanen D core will need some work, but if Tryamkin comes back... Tanev, Hutton, Stecher, Pouliot, Juolevi, Tryamkin is decent.
  7. Because there is little precedent for a player of his age going from a bad player to a good player. There is no precedent for it when you factor in just how long he;s been in the league. He has stagnated since being drafted.
  8. Trade or cut loose. It'd take way less than a first, but it there is anything sparking discussion that has suggested it's on the table, we take it and run to the hills. He is behind Tanev, Edler, Hutton, Stecher, Pouliot and MDZ, with Juolevi hopefully in the mix next year too. He's going to want a contract (and given the small UFA D market this year, he might actually get a contract) in the 5 million for 6+ years range, the most I'd offer a depth guy like that is $5m over 3 years. Cold hard facts: Gudbranson is a bad skater in either direction He does not clear the front of the net - we give up substantially more shots from that area when he is on the ice than when he is not. In fact, we give up substantially more shots from just about everywhere in the zone when Gudbranson is on the ice He has questionable defensive hockey sense He has bad offensive hockey sense He throws a lot of hits He punches people occasionally He has "intangibles" such as character, leadership and "jam". He did not ruin Evgeny Malkin's night He is massively overpaid at $3.5m and managing the cap is key to building a competitor (see: Loui Eriksson) Can back up any of the negative points there with evidence if anyone wants. We had another 3rd overall defenseman here that didn't pan out and we had no hesitation in cutting ties. I think we can sign a D man in free agency that is every bit as useful as Guddy for 1/3 of the price at some point in the next few years (or Tryamkin will come back and be a phyiscal presence and a good hockey player).
  9. Well, he's hardly going to say "he's a 7-8th defence-man on a bottom 6 team in the NHL and is looking for a $30-40 million contract in the summer, so we'd like a 2nd and a prospect for him please"...
  10. Why does every player on the team have better possession and goal differential metrics (adjusted for QOC, ZS, etc) when Gubranson's cheeks are on the pine, then? Only Vanek has more frequent giveaways than Gudbranson, so I'm not sure what you've been watching... He is literally the least safe defenseman on the roster: Most frequent giveaways Worst relative shot differential Fewest points Worst point share The things he does well are around shot blocking (2nd on the team in blocks) and driving up the goalie's save percentage. I'm not convinced he's better than Biega. I'm not convinced Sutter is better than Burmistrov. It's not about whether they can hold their own on the team, it's about how much we're willing to pay a bottom pairing defenseman or a bottom 6 forward, essentially because they were drafted in the top 10 of their class. If we were paying Guddy a million a year, I'd love for him to stick around. But can we get a substantially better Dman for 3.5> Absolutely (see Cody Franson, Nathan Beaulieu, Brad Hunt, Paul Postma...)
  11. Even when you factor in his high proportion of defensive zone starts, he is one of the worst possession players on the team. There's only so much of that that "big body" and "character guy" can cover up. Hopefully he has a good run on return from injury and gets a good price at the deadline. He is not worth a raise, and I'd argue not worth what we're paying him now. The expansion draft saved us from overpaying Sbisa anymore, so lets not repeat the mistakes of the past.
  12. Brock Boeser | #6 | RW

    McDavid, Eichel, Hanfin for sure ahead of him. After that he's in a bunch of 3 with Marner and Hanafin.
  13. Brock Boeser | #6 | RW

    So, should Boeser have been a top 5 pick that year?
  14. [Value Of] Jannik Hansen

    We'd get the retained salary spot back which might allow us to trade the Sedins if they so wish later in the year, so there's that... If we're out of contention come the deadline, maybe a 25-30 goal Vanek to SJ for Hansen and a conditional 1st might be something if we want to make retained salary transactions elsewhere?!