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05-01-2013, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Hi-wayman View Post
Alex Edler plus Vancouver's 2013 first round pick for #3 overall.

Edler at 27 is just beginning to enter his prime. He has just signed an excellent new six year contract at $5 million per. Losing Edler weakens the Canucks solid defense, but allows the Canucks to retain Ballard to anchor the 3rd pairing while Hamhuis or Garrison, both solid #2's can step in to replace the loss of Edler.
I think you'd still see Ballard shipped out too if Roy can be retained. The D if both Ballard and Edler were gone would look something like this:

Hamhuis - Bieksa
Garrison - Tanev
Alberts - Corrado

With Alberts and Corrado only representing any cheap, under $1.5M, depth defenseman we could get.

This is still pretty good and I believe the Canucks would move Edler for a #3 overall level pick because we will soon be in a talent crunch with both Sedins getting older.

I would not add our 1st + Edler to get the #3 overall though since Elder probably represents a pretty high watermark for what a #3 pick could become...looking at #3 overall picks (skipping the last 5 since they haven't fully developed and going back 15 years) we have:

2007 Kyle Turris (worse)
2006 Jonathan Toews (much better)
2005 Jack Johnson (worse)
2004 Cam Barker (much worse)
2003 Nathan Horton (even)
2002 Jay Bouwmeester (even)
2001 Alexandr Svitov (much worse)
2000 Marian Gaborik (much better)
1999 Henrik Sedin (much better)
1998 Brad Stuart (worse)
1997 Olli Jokinen (worse)
1996 J.P. Dumont (worse)
1995 Aki-Petteri Berg (much worse)
1994 Radek Bonk (worse)
1993 Chris Gratton (worse)

You have in total:
-4 x much worse
-7 x worse
-2 x even
-3 x much better

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