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07-14-2011, 12:07 PM
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I know everyone seems very low on wolski but hes better than any other option out there and if we make a trade for someone to fit into the top 6 its going to require some good prospects/players that people arent going to want to give up. Especially if that player isnt head and shoulders better than Wolski.
Im on the complete polar opposite of alot of fans on here about Wolski. The kid had one bad season when he normally puts up 45-50pts. Which is 2nd line material. During the season he WASNT used correctly. He was put with gabby for about a couple periods a game but that was it. The only other times he was used right was with Zucca and Stepan when he had 12pts in 18games, then in the playoffs when he was put with Prust and Boyle. The guy is extremley skilled offensively and NEEDS to be put in that situation to succeed. Id personally love to see what he can do this year, rather than giving up on him after half a season and selling him off for prospects/picks that wont help us as much as Wolski.
I feel like this is going to be his year to break out and i cant wait till he proves alot of you wrong. And if im wrong, then i guess it just costs us pretty much nothing except 3.8m in capspace that we get back anyway at the end of the season.
Wolski seems like he finally found a place where he can call home with teammates that he has become friends with ex- Boyle, Prust and so forth. Since he played with Boyle it looks as though he finally understands that it takes hard work and practice in order to be more successful in the NHL. He has all the talent in the world and yes not a great hockey IQ but he does have hockey sense. Im a firm believer that what underhill did with Boyle, she can do with Wolski and really help him to revamp his game. With proper skating techniques, he can be more agile, faster to the puck and places on the ice, where he can utilize his world class talent. This plus a full training camp with torts and i honestly believe he can something special this year.
This goes out to the same people who think Boyle is a one hit wonder. Yea he may never score 40pts a season, but he wasnt a 1st round pick for nothing. He has great size and skill and last year everyone saw that combined with him FINALLY being able to skate correctly. With more work under Underhill he wont be reverting back to his old habits as much during the season and could even become a better skater for this season
The issue with Wolski isn't points. It's everything else. Even if he goes out there and puts up the points, he's shown that he's not willing to battle (even in the playoffs, in close games). Torts will not stand for that, and Wolski will find himself relegated to low minutes or even being the healthy scratch.
Unless you believe that Wolski is going to approach the game with a new attitude next season, I don't see how you could think that he's actually going to get prime ice time. And, if he's not going to get prime ice time, his value is significantly diminished, because he won't even be putting up points.
While you aren't likely going to find a long-term solution via the current UFA or trade market, I think it's unlikely that Wolski is a long term solution either (due to his qualifier and willingness to compete). Therefore, if you're comparing Wolski for a year vs. Prospal for a year, Prospal makes a lot more sense as a stopgap until Kreider, etc. are ready.
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