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05-05-2013, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by J17 Vs Proclamation View Post
You can make an argument that Drouin in 4-5 years time will be worth more than Kulikov and Bjugstad.

Remember when we were heavily rumoured to be trying to acquire the pick for Ovechkin? At the time the package seemed monsterous and it was universally assumed that it was a good thing that it never came to fruition. Well, years later ......

Usually if you have the chance to get the best young player in the deal it's worth serious consideration.

Of course the entire deal would hinge on how you envisage Kulikov developing. If you think he reaches the level of someone like Markov, it's difficult to trade him. If you think he doesn't progress beyond an inconsistent but smooth 2nd pairing defenseman ... well, you don't think twice.

Elite players to build around are more important than good to great players. If they want Drouin, and Tampa are open to deals, there would be only 2 or 3 assets you aren't willing to move. Those being Huberdeau, Markstrom and the 2nd overall pick.
Drouin is nowhere near the caliber of ovechkin. Drouin is a very nice looking prospect, but in the grand scheme of things, I don't think anyone considers him a franchise changing type prospect

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