Draft day: Couturier to MTL for Seth Jones
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01-15-2013, 11:19 AM
Jack de la Hoya
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I don't know why this logic permeates this site.
These are young developing players, as it has been said numerous times in this thread alone if you are labeling Jones, who for Christ sake isn't even drafted yet, a #1 d, isn't it a bit narrow-minded to call Couturier a #2?
I have no problem at all with you not wanting to trade the potential of Jones for Couturier, but I don't see how your comparing Jones' ceiling and not Couturier's.
I think it is pretty well established on this site that, in general,
Undrafted prospects > drafted prospects > young NHL players > established NHL players.
Thus, a year before his draft, when Couturier was in contention (or leading) for the #1 overall pick, he was Eric Staal. When he was drafted, he was Jordan Staal. Now, he's something between Jordan Staal and Martin Hanzal. There might be reasons for all those comparisons--and more--but I don't understand how his presumed stock has fallen since 2011, given his success.
Anyway, on this deal, I suspect the Flyers would pass. They take too much risk--the bust-rate of high-end D is simply too high, and the Flyers are hardly known for developing defensemen. Could Jones be a franchise-caliber 1D? Yes. But if the Flyers were willing to part with Couturier, I suspect they could secure a young top-pairing D who is far more proven.
(All that said, I'm not sure why MTL would do it either, with Galchenyuk, Eller, Leblanc, etc. in the system).
Just my $.02. It certainly isn't a horrible proposal value wise. But there are too many variables and question marks.
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