2013 Offseason Thread Part IV: SCF, end. Trades, begin.
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06-26-2013, 09:21 PM
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I have posted this in the past but I will do it again.
Not sure Jim Nill would go for it...
Del Zotto, Bourque and Niemi for Oleksiak and Brett Ritchie.
Oleksiak is a defenseman that possesses a really nice blend of size, physicality and outstanding puck skills. While much has been said of his size and physical side, what is most impressive about Oleksiak is his superb agility and athleticism.
He could show a little bit more vigor and truculence in his game given his size. It’s a little bit tough to get a rise out of him most of the time. Potential: #2 defenseman, like Victor Hedman
Ritchie is a big winger that moves well and has very good offensive instincts. Can use his body effectively when he has the puck on his stick. Has a good shot that can sneak up on goaltenders. Sort of a Jekyll and Hyde type player in his young career due to injuries. The dedicated Ritchie can be a force at both ends and exhibit big physicality and quality puck control. The casual Ritchie can often disappear for long stretches and stick to the edges of the rink. If his determination and work rate stay as high as they were during the second half of the 2010-11 season, Ritchie could be a fairly dominant player – otherwise, he could be a fairly dormant player.
I was originally very in favor of this when I realized Ritchie and Oleksiak haven't played in the NHL yet. Some dumb reason made me believe Oleksiak's rookie year was this year. No way.
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