Thread: Claimed off Waivers: Vancouver claims Tom Sestito
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03-01-2013, 07:34 PM
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Hard not to see Sestito as somewhat of an up grade on Volpatti.

I liked the hustle Volpatti showed and the way he could go the body. Volpatti was at his best when he would just recklessly run around nailing people. Yet there was so little upside. He couldn't score, play in important defensive situations or really take on the heavyweights. Had practically no ability to carry the puck.

I think people assumed that he would develop more because he was recent to the League. Fact was that he spent a long time in college and started late and, at 27, he probably was pretty much what he was going to be. More than that he was injured a lot.

Sestito has gone through the grind of Junior and American League hockey and, at 25, is ahead of Volpatti in development. He plays around the net more effectively than Volpatti (who is pretty hopeless there) and knows the defensive side of the game. Also Sestito has more size.

Overall, a couple of minor transactions but, on the face of it, I would say the Canucks have slightly improved themselves.

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