Mar 25, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Wqrrior</b></div><div>I live 15 minutes away from Langley Event's Center - The home arena where the Vancouver Giants play. I watched 5 games there this season, including a third round playoff game. I know Byram. And based on what I see, he isn't going to be a top 2 defenseman either. He tends to blend into the play and doesn't take control on anything other than the powerplay. While he is a leader, his defensive game can at times be brutal. He occasionally fails to get the puck out of the zone leading to more problems than good. This isn't to say he is bad, as his offensive zone action is impressive. However, as Chicago has an offensive defenseman in Boqvist, you are asking for much of the same but on the left side.
The issue I have is that there isn't really anything to compare Byram TO in this draft, so his stock has elevated. He has played on a great team with two potentially NHL calibre goaltenders. He will definitely be a top 4 defenseman, but he won't be that EK, Hedman, Subban etc. Perhaps another Noah Hanifin, or Shayne Gostisbhere. Again, great defensemen, but often criticized for their defensive play. Don't be angry. Chicago might end up with something special to replace Toews with in the future.</div></div>
This. Byram might have defense in his title but hes an offensive dman not a defensive one. Hes a great player not defensively sound enough.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>vmach</b></div><div>Wow, almost sounds like you are trying to persuade yourself. I mean, its fair deal, you are getting decent F, and CHI is getting stay home guy who can play PK and block shots. Keep in mind most of Kahun's points came from playing on top two lines and he was fairly quite on the 3rd line. CHI has a huge needs for both 1st and 2nd line wingers and yet they didn't keep Kahun permanently welded to those lines. There must be a reason for that, don't you think?
You are not getting ripped off here, but its not like you just won a Megaball. CHI won because they dead last on PK and Maatta will block some shots, and PIT won cause they got promising F at low $.
But seeing all those Ds flying off the shelf in the last 2 days, CHI can potentially flip him at draft. just saying.</div></div>
Yeah, I do have to admit. Even just a few days after my initial quote of being very upset. (AND I'll admit I was.) While, I'm still not 100% convinced Maatta is THE solution...I'm seeing this trade as a little better already. Dmen are soooo expensive right now.