Jan. 18, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>PaulieWalnuts</b></div><div>If you’re just going by what McLeods page on capfriendly (salary, draft position, points etc), this would be a reasonable take on him. Superficially it is a very similar profile to Jost.
Unfortunately, it renders a grave misunderstanding of who McLeod is and what his strengths, weaknesses and limitations are.
McLeod is currently more or less at his offensive ceiling, what he is now is what you’re gonna get from him over the next 7-8 years.
He should develop into a premier shutdown 4C along the lines of Zach Aston-Reese, with better skating perhaps.
But you cannot play McLeod higher in the lineup, he's a 4C, nothing more, nothing less nad that's totally fine.
This is why Devils are so unlikely to trade McLeod, he’s of a completely unique profile within the organization. Again, this is also why there is no clear reason for Devils to trade for Jost.</div></div>
As I previously said, fair comment. However, those elements I based the trade on are some, and I only say some, of the elements involved in a hockey trade. I'd be very interested to see advanced stats for McLeod vs Jost as the two are pretty much identical on the surface. Nothing to do with cap friendly's page, though I would agree superficial. If your premise is that he's purely a shut down #4C then Jost probably still has a potentially higher offensive ceiling, not masive but higher, plus the third round pick so that kind of negates the argument. Guys who are going to be career 4th liners (and to my mind McLeod should be considered higher) if offered a similar player plus a 3rd for it would be a no brainer. Your argument may be valid but your premise is off imo.