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09-10-2012, 10:54 PM
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1.Frans Nielsen's good for 45-47 pts on the 2nd line. Isles would rather have him keeping the seat warm for Strome/Brock Nelson, then trade for an unproven prospect and put that prospect on the 2nd line.
20 yr old Brock Nelson's headed to the AHL for his first pro season and there has been speculation in the press, that the AHL might allow 19 yr olds like Strome to play in the AHL for the 2012-2013 season.
2.The isles have major budget woes.No way would trade Hamonic who is 5 yrs from unrestricted free agency, to land Scuderi, who's a yr away from unrestricted free agency. Check's Snow's trade M.O. He doesn't give up his top youngsters or 1st rounders for soon to be ufas. Hasn't in 5 yrs.
And that is why I didn't include Scuderi at the end of my post. It's useless for the Kings to make any deal for a defenseman projected to play in their top-6 without including Scuderi's last year in the deal, and there is no reason for a cheap team stuck in the doldrums like the Islanders to pay him - just like it was exceedingly stupid for them to deal a quality pick for one year of Visnovsky.
The one advantage would be that he could be flipped at the deadline for quality picks or a prospect.
And I have seen plenty of Hamonic, and he is likely going to be a suspect top pairing, but good top-4 defenseman. There is a lot to like there, but even if he maxes out his potential its not as though he is a world beater. He's just a nice defenseman - and this isn't an exact style match, but the guy he keeps reminding me of is Tim Gleason, maybe with a dash of a younger Adrian Aucoin. Good player, but if that is top-pairing, you'll be rolling in top picks for years to come.
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