Cond. 5th round pick 2014 ---> Turns into a 4th if Yann Sauve or Billy Sweatt play 15+ games next year.
Sweatt has been turning a corner lately, but with the Canucks forward depth, realistically where does he fit in? Schroeder & Gordon are already above him on the depth chart. Volpatti + Weise + Ebbett also, and they're already up. After this year Jensen, Gaunce, Rodin, Archibald and potentially a couple more will also be fighting for a roster spot. Maybe more depending on how things unfold.
Yann Sauve has struggled and is not a lost cause, but Tanev, Connauton and Andersson are all showing to be more NHL-ready. Plus, Vancouver always seems to play with 2 depth defensemen on the roster (Barker, Alberts) and potentially one vet with the Wolves (Vandermeer, in the past Baumer).
Cameron Gaunce is the same age, from the same draft as Sauve. He's played 11 NHL games, but his stat line has also seem to have taken a hit this year. But he's +19 over the last two years (leading his team in +/- last year). At 6'1, 203 pounds he's not too small to be a defensive defenseman.
HF TA (take it for what it is):
While not as polished as some of the Avs' defensive prospects, Gaunce has a well-rounded game that includes a gritty, physical side. He has a strong slapshot, makes smart decisions with the puck and has a great work ethic.
All of these guys are RFAs at the end of the year.
So, to break it down.. Gaunce has slightly more value than Sauve at the moment, and Billy Sweatt has slightly more value than a cond.5th. Which I think makes a pretty fair, lateral trade for two teams with some prospects who potentially need a change of scenery to help with their development.
This also caters to Vancouver's 1st round from last year, Brendan Gaunce.. as they're brothers. GMMG oft. has brought players in w/ connections, for example off the top of my head: re-signed both Sedins (obv.), brought in both Sweatts, invited the 2nd Vesterholm twin over for a look, Lapierre & AV, Lapierre & Higgins, signed Chris Tanev who had a relation of sorts with Dave Gagner, drafted Ian Clarke's son, traded for Pahlsson (long relationship with the Sedins), offered Kesler's boyhood hero Modano a contract, etc.
I believe Gillis does this to make players more comfortable, but also more wanted. He likes to show players that he knows about the mind-side/sentimental side of things, not just stats.
Obviously he doesn't always just make moves for the sake of making moves, but I think this is good for both teams and helps the Canucks for the future in 2 different ways, whereas Sweatt and Sauve are both long shots (i'm not saying they have no chance!!) at the moment.
Edited by Teemu Selšnne, 10 February 2013 - 07:57 PM.