Everything posted by Joe Blough
I'm cheering for both. Goldy's in tough as his window and opportunity is narrowing. Jake I have hope for. When I watch Jake what I see is a player that hustles and does a lot of things right. He hounds the puck, is really good on back checking and takeaways, but on offence still tends to play a perimeter game. His 'go to' move when he drives the net is to circle around the back. Defenders on opposing teams must have a book on his habits, it's so predictable. Force him outside and he won't challenge them. If he could learn from Bo to drive the net harder and play offence in the harder areas he would open up a ton of space for teammates. I can't help but think if he finally puts it together and 'gets it', he could be another Bertuzzi. Milbury gave up on Bertuzzi at 23 and I remember his comments after the trade: "If I ever felt [Bertuzzi] was going to fulfill his potential, I'd be a fool to make the deal, because his potential is so vast." The Islanders have spent three years trying to tap into that potential. "He's been hugged and kissed and educated," Milbury said. "We tried everything short of bamboo shoots under the fingernails." Don't give up on Jake; his potential is so vast.
There's virtually no question that if Benning offered up Pettersen straight across for this year's #2 pick, that the deal would be done instantly. It's not much of a reach to presume that every GM in the league would regard Pettersen as more valuable than the #2 pick. As was said, he's played a year in the NHL and is an already highly regarded, as close to sure fire elite player at the NHL level as you can get. It's pretty obvious to see with his skill, IQ, vision, character and work ethic. Every hockey pundit across the league universally agrees on this. He will almost certainly be winning the Calder this year. I would argue Shero would also do that trade for the #1 straight up. It has nothing to do with us as fans overvaluing Pettersen as a Canuck. That is Pettersen's value across the league. It doesn't matter if you have choices with the pick. There is no player in this years draft that will clearly be as good, let alone better, than Pettersen. I'm not saying it's not possible Hughes or Kakko, or even another prospect will end up being a better player in the long run, but it sure would be a gamble at this point to speculate on that.