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02-11-2013, 10:21 AM
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Except Letang? Joe Morrow's skillset is that of one who could likely run a PP as well. If you don't have a guy like Letang then you have reason to be worried, but why worry about giving up a kid who could potentially be as good as the guy you already have? Scoring winger is a significantly bigger need then mobile offensive defenseman.
Connolly has much, much higher upside then Rattie and he's much closer to NHL ready. Rattie is a pure goal scorer where as Connolly has a much more complete tool box. Connolly can distribute, score, hit, skate, grind.. Not to mention Rattie's skating could be an issue, it was accentuated on the big ice in the WJC this year. A guy his size has to move better to be successful in the NHL, got a lot more work to do.
He played in the NHL as a 19 year old. From my understanding he lost his job to Cory Conacher but he could be a perfect fit in for a team like Pittsburgh with less depth on the wings.
NHL proven wingers will come with significantly higher price tags. He's already a better player then Tangradi or Boychuk and is 3 years younger.
All trades involve risk, but this one has the potential to pay off huge. Connolly will help the team more, and much sooner then a Pouliot would. He possesses elite offensive ability and could be a long term option, much like a James Neal where you acquire a player before he breaks out.
Like all young players, he needs to work on his defensive game and play without the puck, but he'll be far and away the most talented winger on the Penguins. Not necessarily the best, but the most offensively gifted and only going to get better.
Upside - Imagine Neal but a better passer/playmaker and much better skater. He is actually a natural centreman but projects as a winger in the NHL.
You nailed it on Connolly, he is absolutly NHl ready now and is just hold back in the AHL to learn how to be the go-to-guy instead of playing third-line minutes, he could play with you right away and he will be a hell in a few years.So it would even help you in your win now mode
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