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02-17-2013, 05:09 PM
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RandV
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I'm always amazed at how poorly people continue to value players vs picks around here. Depending on the time and place Gunnarson can certainly be worth a first round pick. Kyle Quincey, Shane O'Brien, and Keith Ballard are examples of comparable dmen that were traded for first round picks. But I guess players like this aren't worth 1st round picks... except for the time's they're actually traded for 1st round picks.

As for the proposal the key difference is those were playoff teams making the trades and the picks were in the 20-30 range. Edmonton's likely not going to have a top 3 pick this season, but they're also not a safe bet for the playoffs. Edmonton is currently sitting with the #11 overall pick, so with plenty of time for things to go wrong/right the draft pick range is probably somewhere in the #5-20 range, and Gunnarson isn't worth that spread.

But if say Vancouver didn't have Ballard and 1 of our top 4, I'd be okay with the Canucks trading their 1st for Gunnarson.

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