Thread: Speculation: Roster 2012-2013 - Part II
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07-06-2012, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by orange is better View Post
Our prospect pool is already ****ed. It's not going to make it any worse to trade a few chips for a couple guys who are on levels that NO ONE in that pool will ever develop into regardless.

Subtracting **** from **** still leaves you with ****. Laughton is a good prospect to have but his value is of little use to us with the C depth we have. We are weak on the wing, Ryan fixes that. Gustafsson will never be anything more than an average 2nd pairing defenseman, but he will most likely be a career 3rd pairing defenseman, assuming he even becomes good enough to maintain a permanent spot in the NHL. Cousins is ANOTHER undersized C that doesn't fill a need whatsoever for us.

This love affair that people have with prospects, rather than actual established players is confusing. These players, Laughton, Cousins or Gustafsson mean little to the future success of this team, or at least not nearly as much as 2 guys like Ryan or Bouwmeester would.
I beg to differ. Laughton, Cousins and Gustafsson are going to be pivotal players in the future success of this franchise. Cousins will not be a center in the NHL. He's going to be moved to the wing and the guy has an excellent skill set that will make him a successful player in the NHL.

Laughton's game really took off in Oshawa after Boone Jenner went down and he was put into an offensive role. Laughton is expected to be the top center in Oshawa this year, so 80-90 points is not out of the realm at all. And with his solid two-way game, you find a spot in your lineup for guys like that.

Gustafsson is also going to benefit from the Carle move because he should slide into the number 6 role and get constant ice time. Last season, Gustafsson was on his way to becoming a good defenseman when his wrist was injured. Now that he's healthy, I expect a big year from Gustafsson.

So, don't think these guys don't have a future here. On the contrary, they'll be playing pivotal roles in two to three years.

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