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08-19-2012, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Drop the Sopel
As of right now it looks like Chris Higgins will be in the top 6. He's been the best compliment to Kesler and helps cover for Booth's defensive deficiencies. And if Higgins is struggling or injured than Jannik Hansen probably takes his place.

I just think it's a bit premature to assume Schroeder, a player with zero NHL games under his belt will be ready to excel in a 3rd line role. Normally when breaking in a young player it's best to have them used sparingly as an injury replacement IMO and go from there. Unfortunately the Canucks couldn't find a way to get Schroeder a look last season - it would have given us a better idea where he's at.

If there's a legitimate top 6 talent like Kris Versteeg that the Canucks could pry away in a Luongo deal, I'm all for it. Unfortunately Florida is already very thin on talent up front and there don't appear to be many good fits out of Chicago or Toronto.

The Canucks still have 2 glaring holes up front IMO. If Luongo can be used to fill one of them, while adding some quality youth or picks we're a better team for it. There's still other assets that could be moved to address needs, likely at or near the deadline.
What we were debating is which line hurts us more.

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Kassian - Kesler - Booth or
Higgins - Schroeder - Hansen

Malhotra - Lapierre - Weise

If we chose "give Schroeder a shot and get a top 6 guy", then that assumes Higgins will be on the 3rd line. If we choose "give Kassian a shot and get a 3rd line center", that still assumes that Higgins will be on the 3rd line as well.

Yes, if Higgins is going to be on the second line, Schroeder will have problems on the 3rd, but then what does that have to do with giving Kassian a shot on the second line?

Another argument, in my mind, is that if you give Schroeder a shot, Kassian still makes our 4th line so much better. If you give Kassian a shot, the 4th line is the same trainwreck it always is, and we lose whatever Schroeder would have been able to bring. We're not going to be able to fill all our holes with proven guys, so you may as well take advantage of everything you have.

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