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  1. Your analysis is completely out in left field. They lost Sbisa & Tryamkin, which meant they had Edler, Tanev, Gudbranson, Hutton, and Stecher as bonafide NHL'ers. The departures eliminated all of their NHL depth in case of injuries, unless they wanted to count on Juolevi and Holm making the team regardless of their performance in camp. In addition, they had very little in terms of offence from the back end on the PP. With that being said, Benning went out and signed Del Zotto to a short term, decent cap deal. You claim he is a 4/5 dman who hasn't put up PP points in his career yet his 66 PPP out of 189 total points suggests otherwise. Weircioch also has a cannon from the point and was signed to a no-risk 1 year deal. Both of these are upgrades on Sbisa, Biega, and whatever random dman the Canucks iced last year. Sam Gagner is a consistent 45-50pt guy and provided the right role, there is no doubt he is a top 6 guy. He just tallied 50pts with an average time on ice of 13:43, which would have put him 2nd to Bo Horvat on the Canucks last season, while playing 3.5 mins less per game. Burmistrov, who cares...its a 1 year deal for less than $1mil. A team full of depth players? Not sure Horvat, Baertschi, Sedin, Sedin, Eriksson, Tanev, or Edler would be considered depth on many teams, let alone rising prospects like Boeser, Stecher, Hutton, and Goldobin. Benning explained it perfectly when interviewed yesterday. The team is transitioning and its important to ensure that prospects are not thrown in to the fire when not ready and are surrounded by veterans to help them along the way, otherwise you end up with Oilers 2.0 where prospects like Yakupov are destroyed.
  2. I'd be content with a Murray type dman in the 5th round.
  3. Elite Prospects summary: "Gunnarsson is a defenseman who plays a safe, defensive-minded game. Owns decent mobility and skating ability. Likes to hit and punish opponents physically. Doesn't contribute much offensively."
  4. The team needs you consistently whining and complaining.
  5. The English dictionary is licking its chops at you.
  6. Gudbranson is slow? For his size, I'd say he moves very well and I'm sure the Calgary forward who he swept the puck away from on the partial breakaway would agree.
  7. So the guy who got waived and went unclaimed was not only a better option but a much better option? Ah huh.
  8. Yeah, stud AHL coaches are always an upgrade...just look how well the Oilers did with Eakins, oh wait.
  9. My original comment to which you replied was " As someone mentioned earlier, the NYI waived Scott Mayfield, who is pretty much an identical player to Pedan. Same age, same size, same skillset." Who cares who has won more they not play the same role?
  10. So one KO equals intimidating presence? I guess Kane must be an intimidating presence for knocking out Cooke. Bickel doesn't look intimidated to me.
  11. So I'm curious how you quantify "intimidating presence".
  12. # of fights per: Pedan - 6'5", 213lbs 2015-2016: 3 in AHL, 2 in NHL 2014-2015: 12 in AHL 2013-2014: 3 in AHL Total: 18 in AHL, 2 in NHL Mayfield - 6'4", 225lbs 2015-2015: 2 in AHL, 1 in NHL 2014-2015: 8 in AHL 2013-2014: 7 in AHL, 1 in NHL Total: 17 in AHL, 2 in NHL Seems very similar over the past 3 years to me...
  13. Yeah cause fighting plays a huge role in todays game...
  14. Or a team claims Pedan...