jonschellenberg Posted July 12, 2013 Share Posted July 12, 2013 (ALL DEPENDENT ON HIM RETURNING FROM KHL) This is one guy I feel like Gillis should have looked at this off-season (after claiming he wanted to get younger and bigger) and should send an offer to next off-season, depending on his KHL contract term. I think he would jump at the chance to play in Canada and would sign in the $1M range. Upside: - size - 6'3", 215 lb - same as Kassian - skill - some of the most underrated hands in the league - cheap - signed with Caps for $600,000 - still young (27) - production - 40-50 points in his first 5 seasons, once reached 65 - playoff performer - 13 points in 22 games, not bad since he never played in playoffs 2 years in a row - shootout magic - we are horrible in shootouts, he holds NHL season record for highest shootout % - played under Tortorella in NY WW has better hands than anyone on our team except the Sedins, puts up the same numbers as Burrows despite being 5 years younger and not playing top line minutes or with the Sedins, and is about a quarter of the price of Booth (assuming he plays top 6). I know WW's been criticized for not playing well defensively, but neither do the Sedins, and that's something Tortorella's going to fix next season anyway. At best, he would play top 6 (Wolski-Kesler-Higgins would be an amazing combination of grit, skill and speed) and MG would look like a genius for once. At worst, he would have a bad training camp and would be a depth winger making Tom Sestito money. A fresh start in a Canadian city playing top 6 minutes with quality players might just be what this former 1st round draft pick needs. Thoughts? Take it easy, this is my first post. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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