Guest Posted January 9, 2020 Share Posted January 9, 2020 Hey all! I was looking at the canucks pipeline and love how deep we’ve been getting on the prospect front. We have guys like Podz and Hogs already making an impact at the World Juniors, McDonough and Madden are tearing it up on a meh Huskies club, Rathbone being a second power play specialist, and we’ve got Brogan Rafferty and Mikey DiPietro looking like they’ll come in from Utica soon and have the chance to be impact guys for us. However, there’s the weird case of Olli Juolevi. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love his play style and think he can be a top 4 D-man, but he’s coming close to our other Swedish D-man in terms of injuries. This is not a “sky is falling” thread, nor shouldn’t it be taken as such. I’m just wondering if we’re expecting too much from him in Utica. Olli is playing in every situation, but it may be too much for him to handle. I think he’d be better suited somewhere where he can play 18-20 minutes a night, and not have to worry as much about injuries. Winnipeg is in dire need of some defenders, and has the culture that can protect him. I think that he could start as a 3rd pairing guy for the NHL club with PK and PP time, as well. When looking at our depth chart, I don’t see if he can displace Rathbone in the future as our PP guy, nor do I think we sit idly by and let Tanev walk. Even if we do, we’d have cap space for another defensive defender. The guy I'm looking at is Kristian Vesalainen. He’s 6’4, 209lbs and has struggled at times, like where he was a healthy scratch in the playoffs in the KHL. He’s now with the Manitoba Moose, and has 2 more points than Juolevi in 10 more games. Both are high risk/high reward situations, but I feel we’d be getting more of both. Would a 1 for 1 deal work for either side? Podz - Petey - Vesalainen Virt - Bo - Boeser Hogs - Gaudette - Miller That’s a lot of size, depth and scoring in our top nine. The Jets would then have Juolevi, Heinola and Samberg on the left side for many, many years. Both sides benefit, but do we pull the trigger? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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