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06-09-2009, 10:48 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
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Blues blueline is still a long way off from being above avg in terms of transition, mobility, and offensive half of ice play. Petro is a MAJOR part of that rebuild of the blueline.
Blues drafted him knowing he would need the most time to develop out of the "Big 4" that were taken in the top 5 at the 08 Draft. Blues will be patient unless someone is offering a deal the Blues cannot pass up.
Kessel is a pure goal scorer. Right now the Blues are sitting with just Boyes as their only "proven" sniping threat. Kessel does make teh team better, short term...not so sure if that deal works long term.
Perron, Oshie, Berglund are all shaping up to be NHL calibur top 6 forwards. Blues have Kariya, McDonald, and Backes under contact for at least next year to round out the top 6. PLenty of support in goal scoring with Berglund and Perron likely to make jumps in goal scoring production. Once Kariya is out someone like Lars Eller or Aaron Palushaj could step in (or a UFA/trade) to fill that slot.
AS of now the Blues don't NEED to make a trade for Kessel.
Dany Heatley is another story and would be worth the trade. However, I wouldn't put Petro in there either. Junland or Cole I would.
If Boston could convince Cole to leave College. Id offer Cole + #17 + Steen for Kessel...to counter your original offer.
IMO Petro, EJ, Oshie, Berglund, Backes, Eller, and possibly Allen and Palushaj are untouchable. Perron could be on that list, but Id take him over Kessel. Perron will score fewer goals than Kessel, but be a much better 2 way player and an overall offensive playmaker Kessel wont be.
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