Pashnin's ice time has improved since the start of the season (today was an exception, not sure why) and he's been on CSKA's top pairing quite a bit. I'm not worried about his ice time.
That's fine; as long as he comes here next year. I like his game from what I've read and it only ads to the D prospect pool. Because he was such a late pick he's kinda an underrated quantity in the farm system; Squishy: agree or disagree?
I don't know where the article is, but he's the guy who said at the end of last season that he didn't want to come back to Hartford, just with an expletive thrown in.
And I also don't know if this is just his "thing" but when he gets introduced as a starter, or is just dressed to play, he saunters onto the ice, while the rest of the team skates hard. He just looks like he doesn't give a crap, and all the hardcore Wolf Pack fans have by now recognized this, and are celebrating his trade.
I agree that this trade makes very little sense, other than Williams will finally get a chance elsewhere. But it makes no sense that Williams did not get a chance here.
But trading away Bourret is looking like the right move now.
Williams did absolutely nothing to earn a chance here. His play was crap and his attitude was even worse. Colorado handed him to us for a journeyman AHL defenseman after the kid had one professional season. Why would they do that? Because he sucks. And he sucked even worse once we acquired him. The dude is no good and this is addition by subtraction.
Originally Posted by Rangers44
I don't get that trade at all. Why did we need McCue? he isn't even in Hartford. We could have gotten a 7th round pick instead. In the meantime Zaborski has 11 poins in 11 games in Finland.
We haven't had a seventh round pick turn into anything in a decade. And what makes you sure we could have attained one? Zaborsky has indicated he's likely to remain in Europe, regardless of who owns his rights. And he had stated his intention to not return to our system, as he hated Charlotte, didn't enjoy his time in Hartford, and obviously wasn't going to be handed a spot on the big club.
Having 11 points in 11 games in the SM-liiga means absolutely nothing. That's a AA league relative to the NHL. The kid has skill, there's no doubt, but it was unwillingness to even try to play defense and his aversion to the physical aspects of North American hockey that doomed him as a prospect. I was really high on him at one time, but we needed to cut bait. McCue may suck, but we got what we could. Wussy forwards who probably won't return to North America aren't exactly a hot commodity on the trade market.
So the guys on the Ducks that pushed for Bickel's signing is the same guy that pushed to sign Chris Kunitz, Ryan Carter, Andy McDonald, Dustin Penner and Ryan Shannon. HOLY **** WE HAVE A DUSTIN PENNER ON OUR HANDS!!
He played forward through all of Juniors, switching to defense in 2007. His college coach (Minnesota, legit program) called him the team's most physical player and a future captain. If nothing else, he's a gritty, character guy that is good organizational filler. I'd be happy if we acquired a pylon for Williams, so to get a good citizen that scraps is icing on the cake.
Ducks posters referred to him as "Random Guy" and "Stewed Pickle." I'll be calling him Travis Bickle.
For the record, Bourret was in the ECHL last year, and now is in the ASIA LEAGUE.
The pick we got for Bourret, was Kundratek, who is currently one of our best dmen in the AHL.
I remember how highly touted Bourret was heading into his draft. I was hoping we would get him (shows what I know).
Then he shows up on Draft Day literally dressed like a clown. I think his stock dropped off the table from that point.
Sather aquired him as some kind of reclamation project and it never came close to working out. I read a few things that indicated he was a bit of a head case and just not very serious about a career in the NHL.