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#1 DownUndaCanuck

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

Columbus is clearly on the rebuild now, they're got a new GM and are looking for younger players. These guys are STACKED down the middle with Brassard, Anisimov, Johansen, Jenner Boone and J.A.M at center. There are about 3 #1 future centermen and a couple of #2 line centermen in that list, then throw in Cody Bass and Mark Letestu and there's way too many guys there.

Meanwhile the Canucks just lost their best faceoff man in Malhotra for the season and possibly his career. A big blow to our depth at center as we now only have 3 legitimate NHL centermen. Schroeder doesn't count because he hasn't played a full NHL season yet.

You win Cups with depth at center. Boston won a Cup with 7 NHL centermen in their lineup, L.A won it with 6 and Chicago had quite a few as well. 3 is simply nowhere near good enough, heck even counting Schroeder we're just sitting at 4.

Vancouver 3rd round pick for Mark Letestu.

Letestu was acquired from Pittsburgh for a measley 4th round pick so there's no way Columbus says no to this, essentially trading up the draft. They have centers who will steal his spot next season anyway.

This guy has been scoring at a 40-point pace his entire career and is a surprisingly good PKer. Plus he's averaged around a hit per game his entire career and is a solid bottom-6 centerman who can play the wing as well.

For the playoffs:

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian
Burrows - Kesler - Booth
Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen
Higgins - Letestu - Lapierre

It's good to keep a versatile center like Letestu in your lineup, because if Henrik or Kesler sustain an injury this guy can jump right up into a top-6 role as well. Sure he lacks size, but getting him for practically nothing would be exactly what this team needs post-Malhotra.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

Schroeder counts. But we could still use another centre, I agree. You forgot to mention Dubinsky, who may be the most desirable for our needs.

Also, just because CBJ acquired Letestu for only a 4th round pick, it does not follow that they would definitely trade him for a 3rd round pick.

EDIT: Dubinsky has a 4.2M cap hit for 2 more years. He'd be too expensive for us.

Edited by Mookie Wilson, 14 February 2013 - 06:20 PM.

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#3 Smashian Kassian

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:03 PM

Letestu is on their 2nd line. He is a better playerthan he was. I doubt they would accept, and if they did (And he isn't as good as I think he is) then I think we would be overpaying.

He isn't the 4th line center we need anyways, we need a defensive/grit guy that is LH. I would rather target Jim Slater, he would be perfect.

Also kind of curious, who are the "3 #1 future centermen"?

Edited by Smashian Kassian, 14 February 2013 - 05:04 PM.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:07 PM

whoa you didnt mention trading Cory, incredible.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:04 PM

Letestu is on their 2nd line. He is a better playerthan he was. I doubt they would accept, and if they did (And he isn't as good as I think he is) then I think we would be overpaying.

He isn't the 4th line center we need anyways, we need a defensive/grit guy that is LH. I would rather target Jim Slater, he would be perfect.

Also kind of curious, who are the "3 #1 future centermen"?



Johansen, J.A.M and even Boone. Johansen should be ready to step up into the NHL on a full time basis next season, as will J.A.M making Letestu pretty much expendable.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

Johansen, J.A.M and even Boone. Johansen should be ready to step up into the NHL on a full time basis next season, as will J.A.M making Letestu pretty much expendable.


Don't know enough aboutn J.A.M. but I doubt Boone is.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:41 PM

We need some size at centre. Another sub 6' skill guy is not what will help the 4th line in the playoffs.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:24 PM

Letestu is playing pretty well right now. CBJ is not going to trade him for scraps.
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