I hate Wellwood more than anyone in these forums, and even I'd rather have Wellwood than this guy. He's not even salvageable at this point, he's just really really bad. Not even so much as a flash of brilliance, just a complete bust.
So I guess a 2-year deal then? One in the AHL, and one in the big leagues?
We won't see him on the team this year, so DW must still be looking for the 3rd liner. I just don't know why he couldn't be had for a 5th ... it's not like the Wild organization particularly adores the guy.
Eh, it's a gamble move by DW. At the third round you'll be lucky to find an AHL player, and that's sort of what we got with this trade so it evens out there. He was also a top-10 first rounder so there's potential. Maybe he just needs a new coach and new scenery? I'm not saying it's a good gamble since it looks very risky, but if it pays off it will pay off huge.
My only hope is that with the connection Matt Shaw and Todd Mclellan have with the Wild org, that they know something we don't. Matt Shaw was an assistant and a video coach right? Maybe he saw something in the kid we humble posters don't. Anyway, that's just me being overly optimistic and trying to polish what is in all likelihood a massive turd. At best it's a gamble that he could be a decent NHL player at some point in the future, at worst Wilson just threw away a 3rd.
I'm pretty sure this is just for Worcester. Sharks feel he was rushed to the NHL, not properly developed, and Worcester is in desperate need of scoring forwards (which he was prior to the NHL). He is not waiver eligible, he will be in Worcester this season, he's not our 3rd line answer.
It's a 3rd in 2013. That's obviously a bit high, but for an org with 0 scoring forwards in the pipeline, it might have been worth it.