DownUndaCanuck Posted July 20, 2015 Share Posted July 20, 2015 With Hamhuis either likely to be traded at the 2015-2016 trade deadline, or walking to free agency, it's obvious the Canucks need a replacement for him on the left side on defence. If you look at our prospects, we're stacked down the middle with two way centers (Horvat, Cassels, McCann, Gaunce), right wingers (Virtanen, Boeser, Vey, Hansen), left wingers (Baertschi, Shinkaruk, Jensen), goalies (Markstrom, Demko) and even right handed defencemen (Tanev, Corrado, Clendening, Subban). The big problem with this Canucks team has always been a lack of truly elite defencemen, and with Hamhuis bound to be playing in his last season, we're going to get a lot thinner on the left side. We'll have a 30 year old Alex Edler, a departing Hamhuis, a shaky Luca Sbisa and an uncertain Bartowski. In terms of prospects, we don't have many good defencemen in our prospect pool who can play on the left side apart from Hutton and Pedan, and their ceilings are 2nd or 3rd pairing guys in the NHL at the very best to be honest. Simply put: we need a young left handed defenceman, ideally a puck mover, who can play 20 minutes a night in 2016-2017 and eventually become our top pairing star. TO ANA: Jared McCann + 4th round pick TO VAN: Shea Theodore Why Vancouver Does this: Like I said, we need a future star left handed defenceman and Theodore is just that. We give up McCann because we have Horvat taking one top-2 center positions and Cassels following his amazing Memorial Cup deserves to stay over McCann. Quite frankly we could trade either McCann or Cassels, but his performance in the Memorial Cup and leadership is something this future core in Vancouver could use. Why Anaheim Does This: They have Lindholm, Fowler, Vatanen and Despres on their defence locked in to top-4 roles for the foreseable future. Sure, Theodore could outplay Despres but he'd be hard-pressed to score 40-50 points in the NHL which is what he'd have to do to bounce one of their big-3 off minutes. He won't get a good sniff on that stacked young Anaheim blueline that has enough puck moving ability. Meanwhile, the Ducks lack a solid two-way center in their prospect pool. Getzlaf and Kesler are only getting older, and McCann would be the perfect replacement for them in the future. McCann was originally going to be Anaheim's pick anyway. Why The Trade Is Fair: McCann was a former 24th overall pick, Theodore was a 26th overall pick. McCann excelled in his first season back in junior following the draft, as did Theodore at similar rates. In Theodore's next season he played just as well but excelled in the 9 few AHL games he played, scoring 11 points. In my opinion, they improving at similar rates although Theodore has 1 extra season of proven worth whereas McCann may take a step forward or a step back this coming season. Because of that uncertainty, I say we offer a late 4th round pick to sweeten the deal. The trade works for both teams and addresses both the Ducks and Canucks' issues. They need a young two-way center which we have plenty of and we need a young left handed puck moving defenceman which they have a plethora of. We've made very good deals in the past that work out well for both teams and this would be yet another Future Plan: Leave Theodore in the AHL for most of next season as a replacement for Corrado, Clendening and BoSang. He'll rack up the points and experience, and hopefully get a couple of call-ups over the course of the season due to injuries. In 2016-2017, when Hamhuis walks we can decide to re-sign Bartowski or let Theodore jump into the 2nd pairing left spot and go with this: Edler - Tanev Theodore - Clendening/UFA Sbisa - Corrado/Bartowski In 2017-2018 (when the rest of our young core will be starting to hit their prime), Theodore takes the reins as our top pairing defenceman: Theodore - Tanev Edler - Clendening Sbisa - Corrado Subban Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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