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02-11-2013, 01:15 PM
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JMO, the thought process is
if you are trading one of your D prospects, you better be getting someone who is ready to go and make an impact.
These D prospects and picks are our assets as outside of the big named guys and Despres, Sutter, Orpik, they have limited value absent Niskanen. You need immediate help, not a prospect that might need time.
Not saying its an unfair deal ... there is value. I just question if Connolly is the guy that steps in immediately and produces. Big difference in a short season as opposed to a regular 82 game slate.
Why? Pouliot isn't going to help the Penguins this year?
Immediate help can come via a rental at the deadline. Although Connolly is already better then Tangradi and Boychuk, this is a deal aimed more at next year and the years to follow.
Pouliot is 2 or 3 years away at the earliest. Connolly will arrive earlier, and plays a the position that the Penguins are weakest at.
This guy shoots the puck like Neal, while having a better overall skillset. He's always very versitile, he can play all 3 forward positions but he's best suited as a winger.
Look at the release. He's a very complete player with elite offensive skills. Needs to work on defense and play without the puck, like may young players. He scored 30 goals in the WHL as a 16 year old, first player to do so since Patrick Marleau.
Former head of NHL central scouting EJ McGuire (RIP) compared him to Peter Forsberg in the ability to dominate the game with skill and physicality.
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