DragonSlayer14 Posted January 4, 2018 Share Posted January 4, 2018 To PIT: Sam Gagner, Thomas Vanek To VAN: Riley Sheahan, 1st Round (2018) Why PIT: The Pens are not too far from a Playoff spot. But they need better depth in both centre and wing. Sheahan isn't meeting scoring expectations (they really miss Bonino) and Gagner would be an offensive upgrade for them. Vanek would also provide an upgrade to their wing and would look deadly getting passes from either Crosby or Malkin. Why not PIT: Gagner's contract length might concern them. Also, in a deep draft, maybe they'd find it better to keep a first rounder, lottery or not. Or they may think a first is too much (see Vanek trade history). In that case, a second or third may suit them. Why VAN: Rebuild reasons. Sheahan's contract expires this year and would be a decent centre for the rest of the year. But, we add a first round pick. To note, with how deadly the Metro is currently, and how badly the Pens want to three-peat, the pick could potentially turn into a lottery pick. Why not VAN: Gagner and Vanek have been good with Boeser, and may provide support for his Calder run. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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