Horvat- I honestly think he's ready but he'll have to fight for a roster spot so it'll be tough. If he gets sent back down to London, he'll be in the big club the year after.
Jensen- showed signs of brilliance in the few games he played last season. If he can show some defensive awareness and consistency, he should play in the NHL next season. However, a year in the AHL with big minutes could do wonders for him
Vey- definitely ready. Baked to perfection by LA and is served to us. He'll be serviceable this upcoming season.
Corrado- definitely ready to play in the NHL but it looks like the final spot will go to Stanton and since Stanton can't go to the AHL, looks like Corrado will take another year in the AHL. He's a complete player with solid offensive upside, hopefully he can bring it out.
Gaunce- there's no doubt he's eager to play in the NHL but he should play a full season in the AHL. Maybe even 2 seasons. We have a plethora of centers and there's no rush for him. There are still areas he can improve on.
Shinkaruk- he definitely has NHL-level skill and speed but he needs to work on his cardio and he can get stronger. One year in the AHL with a couple call-ups and he'll be ready
Virtanen- the injured shoulder will take time so he won't be ready for a couple years. He'll have a much bigger role for the Hitmen so he'll improve on some of the weaker areas of his game. He was one of the younger draft eligibles so 2 years in the WHL will be fine.
I think Matthias knows better than anybody that positions won't be given and he'll need to earn a roll. He's vastly underrated and if given the right opportunity, he may be quite a bit better than we originally expected
It will get uglier until he proves his value and once again he will get the key to the city. Same old same old fans. In love with a player one day and the next day he is treated like a cancer.
It is really sad when fans expect you to fail no matter what the circumstances are. They can then get up on their bragging box and yell to the crowd, "I told you so." Like a flock of dumb chickens peckin' on a sick little chick.
We respected what he did for the team, but at the end of the day, we are fans of team and there are logical points as to why management should consider moving him.
-bad reputation with the referees
-is not getting any younger and his style of play usually usually declines through age
-costs $4.5 million
-there are younger, cheaper guys coming up that could take his position
If he stays, that's great. He's still a fan favourite and many of us have his jersey. However, there are benefits to trading him. We aren't the pure antagonists you're making us out to be. We form our opinions on realistic expectations.
we really need to stop putting any of our prospects in proposals. Since we've been chasing the models of other teams for so long, how about we take a look at what Anaheim does. Makes moves that doesn't involve prospects so they can not only win now, but for years to come.
I'd just like to say that since Benning and Linden are opting to rebuild on the fly, I'll respect that and trust that that is the better way to go. However, there can be several arguments to be made in favour of tanking. Yes, I understand that it is not an option for our particular team, but it isn't as stupid as people make it out to be.
The 2015 draft is regarded as a very strong draft. Meaning the top end talent is great. The top 5 features players that have a very strong possibility of being franchise players. There are some very strong talent to be had, and the talent seems to be stronger than what we've seen in previous years. Sure, we might have somebody in our system that could exceed expectations and become a franchise player, but should we really be banking on that? Surely, we can find the 1c or 1d we're lacking for the future.
Yes, there is the risk of busting that comes with all prospects. However, we seem to have to right pieces to surround whoever is drafted. We have great young guys like Horvat, McCann, Shinkaruk, Virtanen, Jensen, Kassian, Hutton, Demko and Tanev to fill various rolls. We also have veteran mentors like the Sedins, Higgins, Richardson, Burrows, Bieksa, Hamhuis and Miller. With Benning's drafting pedigree, it's not wrong to assume that he can pick the right guy who can do well, being surrounded by a great group of guys and a solid coaching staff.
As for losing fans; we have people filling into the seats that the previous STH's have abandoned, Even if not all of the voids are filled, we can reap the rewards for years to come. At the sound of Mcdavid/Barzal/Eichel/Hanifin, "fans" will jump back on the bandwagon faster than a politician's promise on election day. On top of that, merchandise involving those names will be banging out. Besides, the Aquilinis can probably survive the next year without raking in mountains of cash.
It seems like people put so much emphasis on the losing culture/environment. Players like Bergeron, Keith, Seabrook, Kopitar, Brown, Malkin, have endured years of humility and have hit rock bottom, while maintaining steady development while their teams accumulated assets and added key players through the draft. Meanwhile, a lot of the guys that will be in our lineup are veterans, and we won't have tons of youth in there.
This is just my opinion though so don't flame me too hard. Just to make this clear, I'm not prancing around screaming for tanking, I'm just trying to show both sides of the argument