Leighton and Sestito (Leighton cleared waivers, sent to AHL; Sestito to Vancouver)
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02-28-2013, 01:34 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
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Homer traded him.
That's fine he wasn't drafted to be a scorer. He may very well be a third line center some day.
. Let's see...do the Flyers have anyone who could play third line center? Oh yeah, that guy Couturier may be there because of the log jam. If not There is this other guy Laughton. Then there is that guy Cousins. And the Flyers probably won't draft anyone this year that could possibly be a fringe third line center. It probably would have been better to just let him play in ADK for a couple years then let him walk. Then everyone could complain that Homer let such a stud go for nothing!
Sestito put up similar numbers, and like Chaput, was not drafted to be a scorer. When you have a number of guys that can play the role Chaput is slated to play (better than Chaput can play it), wouldn't you rather have a guy like Sestito who is putting up similar points, but plays a totally different game than anyone in your organization? Of course not! If there is one thing this team needs it is third line centers!
I don't think anyone expected Sestito to do anything more than he did. You, on the other hand, have pretty high hopes Chaput.
So a guy who COULD be in the NHL ONE DAY as a FOURTH LINE CENTER is more valuable than a guy who also ONE DAY may be in the NHL as a FOURTH LINE WINGER? One who already has played in the NHL.
Actually, Sestito only had one year of juniors where he put similar numbers to what Chaput did for three years. His numbers are also on pace to be much better than Sestito's AHL numbers. That also doesn't account for the fact that he's a much better defensive player and can actually win some faceoffs. It would be nice if we could draft and develop a long term solution for the fourth line center role instead of overpaying free agents like Talbot or bringing in washed up guys like Fedotenko. If Chaput could turn into a Blair Betts/Jim Slater type, he would be much more valuable long term than Sestito.
Actually, I'm not even mad at this trade, it's just another example of Homer blowing assets that he didn't need to. It's not in the category of the Eminger trade/first Gagne trade/Hyka incident, but it is something.
Even if Chaput developed and we couldn't find a spot for him, they could, you know, use him as an asset in a trade to actually improve the roster. Whatever though.
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