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02-20-2012, 08:36 AM
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I would only trade him if the deal involved a young NHL player, prospect and a 1st round draft pick.

Something like...

To Pittsburgh: Erik Cole + Yannick Weber
To Montreal: Simon Despres + Keven Veilleux + 1st round draft pick 2012

Talent Analysis

Veilleux brings a rare mix of size, speed, and skill to the ice but questions remain. The right-hand shooting center is capable of playing all three forward positions and is equally talented in passing and shooting. He has a hard accurate wrist shot and has shown the ability to take care of business in front and around the net.

The towering forward started to recently play a more consistently physical game and has been able to use his offensive tools more effectively as a result. The key for him though will be to remain healthy as he has battled injuries to some degree or another since drafted in 2007.

Talent Analysis

Despres possesses the size, skill, and hockey IQ to make opposing forwards lives miserable. Over the past season he has continued to physically mature, and is now a chiseled 6'4 and 215 pounds.

Of Despres large skill-package, it his skating ability that is among his greatest asset. He is a strong and fluid skater who is as effective moving forward as he is skating laterally or backward. He is also smooth in his stops and turns and can use his wingspan to smother opposing forwards.

If there is a knock on the young defensemen it is that he does not play with enough physicality. While he will never be mistaken for Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, the young defenseman has shown a willingness to block shots, and clear the front of the net.

Offensively, the defenseman's upside is still largely unknown. He can smoothly move the puck up ice and distribute it to teammates. His shot has also vastly improved over the past season. Still, he tends to not take too many risks on the blue line.

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