DO people honestly see Tanev getting traded? We need to keep a future Dcore that can develop beyond Bieksa and Hamhuis Salo. Edler is pretty much alone in that aspect as being a legit NHL guy and Tanev is right behind him.. but after that its a huge drop off to guys like Sauve and Connaughton.
Actually, the drop off from Tanev to Sauve is very minimal IMO. It's at the point where if we do need to call someone up to play the left side defense instead of the right, Sauve may get the call over Tanev because he plays the left side. Sauve was/is a work in progress but his physique is exceptional and he uses his size and speed to his advantage very well. Sauve has a very good chance of making the Canucks in 1-3 years if he continues on this trajectory.
Tanev may be further along the way at this point, but Sauve could catch up, slowly and steadily. I'd say the potentials for Sauve and Tanev are identical, but that Tanev has a slightly better chance of achieving them.
But yeah, after that it is a huge dropoff, unless our Swedish defensemen like Tommernes or Erixon turn out to be gems. Corrado is looking very good right now and McNally is about to play his first year in the NCAA, which will give us a better understanding of just how good/bad our defensive depth is.
Ideally, I'd like to see us hold on to at least two NHL-calibre defensive prospects like Sauve and Tanev (great that they play opposite sides--this is preferred but not necessary) in the system. If we trade Tanev, we only have Sauve remaining. However, if either McNally or Corrado can pan out, or Erixon or Tommernes, we would still have a pretty good defensive prospects pool without Tanev.
And no, I don't think we're going to trade Tanev unless it is a major deal that gets us a franchise defenseman or another top 6 forward (highly unlikely seeing as we rolled the dice on Booth).