Am I the only person that notices Gudbranson played 10 minutes per game and was a -20, on a 3rd place team?
Sure, that is a bit decieving, and I acknowledge he has alot of upside, but Silfverberg, Turris etc...? its hard to deal them for that at this point based on what they have done.
Bogosian had shown alot more promise before he broke out last year. I'm content with Cowen - Karlsson - Ceci/Wiercioch and keeping Silfverberg who is a keeper.
As I said, with his pedigree, there will be a crazy price Sens would be smart to back away from. If Florida says, hey we will be nice, you can have him for Condra and a 3rd, then sure...
I'm curious though if you actually watched any of Gudbranson playing on that 3rd place team? At the start of the yr, he struggled to adjust to the pro game so they limited his mins quite a bit (even got to be a healthy scratch a few games to help with perspective). As the season went on, he got better and better. When Garrison was out with an injury for 5 games, Gudbranson stepped into his spot on the top pairing with Campbell. The kid didnt look out of place at all and continued to show more and more down the stretch and in the playoffs. Stats only tell 1 piece of the puzzle...gotta actually watch the games to know what a player is worth.
And I'm asking this honestly (mostly to the OP), what is the motivation that the Panthers trade Gudbranson? Every indication is they love the kid and probably figure he's a future captain. He's a right-handed d-man which is rare, has a booming shot, continues to improve offensively, plays a physical style and keeps getting bigger. Unless you offer a massive overpayment that most Sens fans would not agree to, there's not much that makes sense in this discussion.
You're right. But Gudbranson plus a 1st rounder in a deep draft is better than a not signed Subban. That 1st rounder alone could turn into something special. Gudbranson also has the potential to be a force for the Habs. With 2 first round picks and 3 second rounders in this years draft I'm really think the Habs could make a huge upgrade. Wether they draft 5 top 60 prospects or trade a couple of them to move up in the draft.
- Even better, he's Canadian
- Plays a mean game
- Wins most of the fights
- Sticks up for mates
- DT's own high draft pick
- Future captain material
- Erik wanted to be there even before he was drafted
And then probably the most important thing that Tallon values in a player, Guds wants to be there and be a part of lifting the Panthers to the top.