Raymond: For someone who only about 2 weeks ago would have been traded, and was considered useless by about 90-95% of all fans on this board. He has had a great start to the season, and has succeeded in drawing penalties, playing well defensively and of course, finding his scoring touch that he had back in 2009/10. Part of the reason for this success is because he had started to go hard to the net again, and go to the dirty areas which has really made him a more complete player.
His play thus far is worthy of keeping him around, he has great speed and his 2-way ability has made him a great top 6/9 forward this season
Kassian: Through the first 4 games of this season, he has un-arguably been our best player. He has really brought a new dimension to our top 6. He hits, fights, plays defence, plays the cycle-game with the Sedins, and of course scores.
He has truly showed his potential of being a Top-6 Power-forward who can stand up for teammates
Ballard/Tanev: They have been a great shutdown pair for us thus far, Ballard has shown he can play a slowed down, non-risky type of hockey and his emotion/grit and Tanev's calmness with the puck make for a very reliable 3rd pairing.
Schroeder: After only being called up for 2 games, this guy has had so many scoring chances, and is making some amazing passes for his linemates, evident in his pass to Raymond on Raymond's 2nd goal tonight against the Ducks. His defensive play has also been up to par, and his speed and playmaking ability has really elevated our Top ( (compared to the slower, yet grittier Ebbett)
In summary, we've found:
A potential 3rd line Centre- Jordan Schroeder
A productive power forward: Zack Kassian
A stable 3rd D-pairing/defensive depth- Ballard,Tanev,etc
Second line scoring- Mason Raymond
So my question is,
What pieces should we try to acquire in a trade for Luongo? We no longer are in desperate need of a 3rd line centre (if Schroeder keeps producing), a powerforward to protect the Sedins/score (If Kassian continues his STELLAR play) or just secondary scoring in general if Raymond continues his comeback, and rotates in and out of the top 6 once Kes and Booth are back.
I think if these 5 players continue their play (not to mention Schneider's play) Gillis will no longer be stressed to trade Luongo and he can pick and choose what pieces he wants now. With the positions that were in question at the beginning of the season now coming together,
I'm hoping Gillis trades for primarily NHL ready, Kassian like prospects who can bolster our propect pool and for a draft pick in this year's draft. A roster player should be added, but I think prospects should be what Gillis focuses on now that our roster is solifying it's holes by its self
I won't discuss what team I think Luongo will go to (if traded), but what I mean by Kassian-like NHL prospects would be players like Scott Laughton, Tyler Biggs, Brett Connolly, etc
What do you guys think we should look at getting for Luongo, now that the teams holes are being filled within our own system?
Edited by Zoolander, 26 January 2013 - 12:12 AM.