The Jets are weak down the middle with a few middle of the road centres such as Burmistrov, Little, Antropov.
Last year we had to use Burmistrov on our second line because we had no one else that could fit that role.
Enstrom is a great defensemen who has only 1 yr left on his deal. The Jets management has stated we need to get bigger. Trading Enstrom and getting a solid 1b or 2nd line centre will help our offence and take the pressure off some of our younger guys.
Enstrom's value is fairly high despite his contract status
Enstrom also is an offensive defenseman with solid puck-handling and ability to push up ice and while that carries tremendous value today in the NHL, he is not a two-way force on the backline. He's a guy who can be placed on a top-pairing with a true #1 defenseman, but is ideally more suited for probably the 2nd pairing and is not a guy who profiles to play the PK, and is more of a PP specialist.
He's a nice fit for a lot of teams, but in terms of trade value, I don't think there's a lot out there for the Jets in terms of lining up a 1 for 1 trade.
Roy is another 1 of the smallish centers we have (a bit more talented when not hurt). Leopold is depth only.
Enstrom is the perfect complement to a top D & Cormier is 1 of our few larger centers.
It sounds good but doesn't help the Jets build that team. TN is also targeting younger players because they know they are more then a few parts away & have to develop the base of the team.
I like the #42 & 44 for #39 though.
I disagree with the assessment of the Jets needs here. They're missing a true number 1, the caliber of which Enstrom, even signed longterm, wouldn't get, but otherwise they have some depth at center. Little, Burmistrov and Scheifele all project to at least be good second line centers - it's likely one will be a "1B" type center as some have suggested the Jets need - and Cormier projects as a good third line center. Behind Wheeler they have literally nothing at RW, which is indicative of the overall lack of depth in the organization. Since the team isn't contending next year or even the year after, my opinion is that the team is better off longterm by flipping Enstrom for picks (a couple mid-late firsts + a prospect at the deadline?) and building up their depth properly over time, rather than trading him for yet another second line center or less than ideal first line center.
Originally Posted by Kenny Jonsson
Burmistrov + Enstrom for Ribiero + Oleksiak + Bachman?
I certainly wouldn't do it. I'm not keen on selling Burmistrov while his value is at a low, he's a late-bloomer and he's going to be a good player in a few years when the Jets are ready to take the next step.
Enstrom is not worth a 1st line centre. And the fact that he's only signed for one more year dings his value just a bit.
Teams don't give away 1st line centres at all. Even 2nd line centres cost a pretty penny in contract value and assets in a trade.
Trading away a 1st line center is rare, but not without precedent. I do agree that I don't see Enstrom getting them a return like that though. When you look at players like Richards or Thornton being traded, in each case the team trading them away had other Cs to build around (Giroux, Bergeron, most notably) and they were getting a solid return back.
Enstrom is a great player, but his contract is short and he alone can't replace the loss of a 1st line C.
What about Gagner, he has a lot of skill and still is only 23.
Gagner doesn't provide anything that the Jets don't already get from Little. Both were great offensively in juniors but are undersized and have yet to be anything more than a decent second line center in the NHL.