Yea, lets pass up on a potential Cammalleri type player, because we have a couple smaller players on our team. Genious.
Centers with Schroeder's hockey IQ and passing ability don't come around all the time. What he lacks in size and strength, he makes up for in speed and awareness. He has an amazing wrist shot, can run a powerplay, and can even pk now.
The Canucks would be dumb to not at least see what this guy can bring at the NHL level. At the very least they should be trying to turn him into an asset we can trade for value.
In an imaginary NHL, or even an AHL, where this guy has done something noteworthy, in a land far far away... or, I have a dream.
Waive your pom poms all you want, guys, giver er, but admit that he is nothing more than your combined well wishing. Admit that this guy doesnt make the team better and that it is very possible, if not very likely, that he makes the 3rd line a liability at center in the playoffs.
What business does this skill set have playing that role in the NHL on a team set to push for the cup? Exactly not the right guy for the job, however you may disagree. Wellwood 2.0 anyone? Now there was a miserable experience and a lesson in the underdog fanfare. Possibly the worst checking line C in the history of the NHL.
Sure, maybe in a few years between Jensen and Kassian, bla bla bla, where the elves run free with the dreams of hockey fans, there is a place for him on a Canuck roster. As for now, absolutely not if this is a cup team.
Forgive my lack of desire to debate this. It is what it is no matter how hard you waive those pom poms. I will waive them for him, as an AHLer, but not on this years roster, that may have to get through Chara to hold up the cup. There are better options out there, at least admit that before you guys mention St Loius and the rest of the little train that could
crap. How very unlikely.
Edited by Jim Lahey, 30 September 2012 - 10:28 PM.