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Jan 4, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Howyoudrouinnn</b></div><div>Bryan Little Plays 2nd Line C = Danuault is better than him
Sami Niku plays 2nd RD = Petry better than him
Ehlers and Laine are 2nd line wingers = Tatar is probably top 9 then
Tucker Poolman plays 3rd LD = Kulak as good as him likely
#1: Little is not our future 2nd line centre, Roslovic is going to be better than Danault, he has not been able to play up high because of depth.
#2: Niku has not even played a full season and I would still take him over an over overrated Petry, who would not play in our top two pairings. Niku ceiling is miles higher.
#3: Saying Ehlers and Laine are 2nd line wingers is madness, just because they played their, does not mean they are. Nothing against Tatar, I actually like him as a player
#4: Poolman has not been able to crack the D yet because of the depth we had.
Don't mistake lineup positioning & amount of games played for a players evaluation & worth. It just means that we have more depth than your team and players who are not able to play on our roster, certainly could on yours. Just because they play somewhere on your team, does not mean they would slot in their on ours.
There is simply no incentive other than the draft picks from that trade for us as we already have everything else currently within our system.
The only way the trade works is if you offer something of direct equal value (in quality, not quantity) or offer us something we do not already have, which Montreal cannot do at this time.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BCAPP</b></div><div>I think this summer had a three tier market and an asterisk.
The four superstars: point, Aho, Rantanen, Marner
The stars who aren't quite superstars: Tkachuk, Boeser, Connor, and Meir
The good young forwards: Konecny, labanc, etc.
The asterisk: Laine. He is too unique. Until December 1st he was arguably generational. Then he hit a wall and stank for 2/3 of a season. I don't know how to value him
Note also tkachuk is close to the bottom of the top group</div></div>
I can agree with that.
To touch on the Laine subject, his uniqueness is what makes his situation interesting. I think he still can be seen as generational, I mean there is only one comparable to him in the league and that is Ovechkin. That being said I don't think its fair to simply strip that status away from Laine for going through some growing pains for one season where, in the end, he still put up 30 goals. He is third in the league for scoring since entering and provided he can start of right this year, will continue to build off of that, if not improve.
I think its fair to say that right about now he is in the middle between the 1st and 2nd tier, and it is going to take more than just next season to determine where he truly is in those conversations.
That's where a 3ish year bridge deal would fit nicely as it allows him time to improve on things he needs to and mature while also settling in to where he belongs in the leauge, which in my mind is still a generational goal scorer,