What? Did you even read what I said? I said Tanev's ceiling is a poor man's Willie Mitchell. As in he'll be good defensively (but will very likely never be as good as Willie Mitchell, hence the "poor man's") while bringing little to no offense. If you can't bother to read then there's no reason to debate.
I also didn't compare Gudbranson to Karlsson, I said he's better offensively than Tanev right now. That is all I said about his offense. So yeah, I'm just going to assume you didn't read my post and are just blindly firing, feel free to re-read my post and work out a better argument.
At least I have an argument. You're claim that Gudbranson is better than Tanev is only based off potential. Tanev has actually proven that he is capable of stepping into a top 4 role. Maybe Gudbranson has slightly more points, but 12 points in 89 career games is nothing to prance around about. A comparable to Gudbranson in terms of draft position is Doughty. Doughty broke out in his first year; whereas, Gudbranson who was drafted 3 years ago has yet to earn a full time position on the Panthers.
Ultimately it would be nuts to trade Tanev for Gudbranson (hypothetically) when we're trying to win now, are low on right handed d-men, and there's really no guarantee Gudbranson doesn't just turn into another Bryan Allen. Both big guys drafted high but have not lived up to their potential.
Oh and Tanev is more like a future Hamhuis than Mitchell. Both Hammer and Tanev are very similar in their own end and are much better skaters than Mitchell. Mitchell relies on his long twig and can't skate. Tanev just has to learn the offensive side of the game which he can, but he's smart enough to know that playing under AV, defense has to be his priority if he wants to stay on the team. His offense will come with the years.
Edited by Doug The Thug Glatt, 11 March 2013 - 05:33 PM.