Thread: Confirmed with Link: Paul Gaustad + 4th to Nashville for 1st
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02-27-2012, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by ThirdManIn View Post
That's exactly why Poile picked him up. They wanted an upgrade over Smithson. Good thing it worked out, too, since they had already dealt Smithson

I think Gaustad will see fourth line minutes, and will be relied on to help the PK.
Once Smithers was traded, Poile's hands were tied. He had to pick up a replacement. I think he was dead set on Gausted before the Smithson trade is made. If he had to use the 1st round pick, he must have been prepared to use it when he made the deal with FLA. There is NO WAY Poile and Trotz give up their PK and face off specialist without his replacement waiting in the wings. From everything I've seen, Gausted is a bigger, grittier version. With the size of Goose and Gill, our ability to neutralize the cycle improved dramatically.

Is he Gausted worth our 1st? I don't know. Was it a necessary acquisition given the Smithson trade? Without a shadow of a doubt.

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