They're both equal in my eyes. Future potential #1c, or future potential #1d. But history shows that forwards usually tend to transition better and have the best chance at maxing their potential. So I would say he is less risk. Add on top that he's a homegrown talent and boom, match made in heaven. I know Ekblad is a rare talent, but if what scouts are saying is true and Sam Reinhart really is as smart as they say, you can't pass that up.
Besides, look, assuming Kesler leaves we are going to have a huge glaring hole in both offense and defense. I assume we are going to at least try to see if Horvat can transition in take over those defensive responsibilities, as well as pk time and face-offs. Reinhart would be the one to potentially replace his offensive production as well as pp time etc. At least that is what I see happening in the short term until they both elevate their games and become a potential 1-2 punch combo that we oh so dearly want. Ekblad is an absolute stud, but Reinhart is the guy I would go with. Besides, if people still disappointed and wondering what could have been with a great young offensive center like Hodgson, here's the chance. Reinhart way more talented that Hodgson was at that age, so who knows. We get that great young center prospect back and better than ever
Edit: Also, the line combinations we would have in for our future would be so flexible. Say Reinhart can't handle the defensive responsibilities of a center, which I think he can, you could make a line of Shinkaruk-Horvat-Reinhart. Now who wouldn't love to see what that line can do?
Edited by TheLiveWire, 23 June 2014 - 10:30 PM.