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Forum: Armchair-GM16 hours ago
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BeterChiarelli</b></div><div>That's not set in stone.

The purpose of the trade assumes that right now Merkley is the more valuable asset. I won't dispute that. But let's also not forget the talent had in that #10-20 range from the 2015 draft. Now let's consider that this draft is deeper. If there's a forward that the Sharks can select in that range AND upper management believes that said player could be a factor after an extra year in junior/Europe/college (Holloway comes to mind here), it seems like a really smart add to help both short- and long-term.

Merkley is likely a season to a season and a half from being a full-time NHL player. He's then going to be bogged down by Burns and Karlsson until the very second their wheels fall off. If he's not ready to take a top-4 role - or even a top pairing role - it could destroy his development. A top forward on this roster at least has some insulation and won't immediately need to be relied upon as "the guy".

His lack of defensive talent in his draft year probably hurt him just as much as his piss-poor attitude did for what it's worth.

While he's worked substantially on both, first impressions last a lifetime. I doubt Doug Wilson has forgotten the utter nonsense Merkley's found himself in the center of. That's stuff that's hard to sweep under the rug in any sphere, regardless of performance.</div></div>

Doug frankly doesnt care. He didnt care when he signed Kane, and he wont be looking to give up Merkley. Now if someone came to me with the option of a pick from 4-7 yeah I probably do it, but outside the top ten its a no.