1. Well Sutter was an alternate captain with Carolina at the age of 23 and would of eventually become one in Pittsburgh. Also, Its hard to become an alternate captain on a new team right away especially considering when the team has guys like kunitz dupuis malkin letang orpik on the team. There is no doubt that Sutter will eventually get an A on this team and i like to think most canucks fans feel the same way.
2. Vrbata gave a list of team that didnt want him. Period. Benning saw the value of keeping Miller over trading him to once again put a younger player (Markstrom) in a better position. Also who knows how the season goes and if Benning sells Miller at the deadline or not. With Erickson, people complain about the term but I personally do not see the term as an issue. I feel he can still contribute later in his contract because of his skill type, and hockey sense. Ussually the players that rely on their speed are the ones who slow down considerably ( speed- main concerns with Lucic and Laad). I look at Erickson at 36 like Ray Whitney, Cory Stillman, Mark Recchi and Lee Stempniak. Guys that are/were still very productive as they got older because of thier style and hockey IQ. Also you and I both cant judge this deal. Only time will tell. Its a little premature wouldnt you say.
3. Chicago is a completley different situation. They were never sellers (non playoff team) and were always trading YOUNG players or all stars that teams wanted. Its a really bad comparison.
4. You clearly missed the entire point of this thread. Gudbranson and Sutter are examples of managment putting younger players(horvat and hutton) in better situations. Also, Benning just said that a primary reason for thier persuit of another left winger is that it puts Sven in a better position. Another example of Benning looking out for our young guns.
5. The major reason why so many rookies and young players got a shot last year were the rash of injuries this team faced. If it wasnt for injuries than we most likely wouldnt have had such a high number of players get a shot with the big club.The other young players who got regular time with the club earned it.
6. Virtanen and McCann earned their spot with the team at the end of the 9 game period and played well. After that, they had thier ups and downs but thats expected when were talking about 19 year old kids. At this point what would you expect Benning and managment to do? Send them back down and waste a year of thier elgibilty. That sounds like great asset managment now doesnt it.They set up plans for them and stuck to thier plan for the rest of the season. At the end of the day, both Virts and McCann now understand how to act like professionals and what it takes to be a regular NHL player. And the proof is in the pudding. Look at both of thier off seasons, McCann understands he has to get stronger so he has worked out hard and has gained 25 pounds of muscle. Similarly, Virtanen is getting leaner and working out hard from what we get to see as fans. He has also been involved in the community through out the summer which shows his dedication and maturity.
7. Overall, the real and only question when discussing Virtanen and McCann is, Do you think last year hurt/hindered Virtanens and McCann development and now they wont be able to reach thier full potential as NHL players?
Personally, I think last season has had the oppsite and a positive effect on Virts and McCann due to the points I made above . These guys now know what it takes to be pros and NHLers, and they have shown by their off season that they are commited, dedicated and have matured.
If you agree with the fact that last season season hasnt hindered thier development then your post is how you would say " blah blah blah"
But once again, only time will tell.
As a result, this virtanen and McCann discussion is pretty much pointless.