Thread: Value of: Jake Gardiner
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02-18-2013, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Petes2424 View Post
Gardiner is a 22 year old offensive D while Elliot is a 27 year old goaltender on his third team. If we were talking about Gardiner being 26, you wouldnt have a problem in logic. Schmaltz would simply be a step backwards, with more development to wait for, and really, D'Agostini is a scratch these days. Sure, he can play in the bottom six, but that's what he is.

So logically, where in the world is the sense in Toronto making anywhere near this type of a deal? Taking two problems and a prospect for a legitimate top 4 prospect who's still on his entry level is just ridiculous.
We need to remember that Gardiner took the route of playing US college hockey instead of the more physical, and NHL realistic CHL. He missed out on the style of play that makes for top end defense-men. Look at Schultz in Edmonton. He has good offensive numbers, but is a horror show on the defensive side of the puck. The Oilers are a developing team, and not so pressured into making the playoffs, so they are okay with those defensive issues, and will let Schultz learn on the big team. The Leafs are a playoff (and maybe Cup) contending team. They can't afford to let Gardiner 'learn on the job'.

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