You may be surprised. Gorges played 47 games with San Jose who has atleast respectable depht on blueline... I mean, he can't be worse then Ninimaa. Alot of sharks fans told me Josh has potential but he never had the chance to succeed there. He wanted to prove that he's more offensive but it wasn't happening in San Jose. He's 22, he still has potential I"d put him in front of Cote and Jancevski in the depht chart personally...
As for right now, of course. IMO Gorges is over Cote, Biron and Jancevski.
I will tell you after a couple of games even if I would take him over Bouillon.
Higgins - Koivu - Ryder
Kost/Perez - Plekanec - Kovalev
Sammy - Bonk - Johnson
Perez/Kost - Laps - Lats
Koivu and Ryder are finally clicking, and Higgins was following suit (before he got hurt). Kovalev can click with Pleks, and Kosty/Perez seem like wingers who can find chemistry with Kovy. Sammy worked well with Bonk and Johnson before, it allows him to play a purely offensive game.
Rivet gave good and loyal service to the Habs for many years. He's a character guy and he fills a need for the Sharks. Rivet's departure brought the Habs a lot more than some fans thought. Whether Gainey immediately converts the first round pick into a trade or saves it for the upcoming draft, the Habs will benefit. I would not want the Habs to package it along with Kostitsyn or Perezhogin ior Grabovsky n a trade for a rental player, but any other forward prospect (Chipchura, Milroy, Urquhart, etc.) is expendable.
At this point Gorges is a depth player. I don't know whom he could replace but Niinimaa, Dandenault, and Bouillon aren't exactly frachise players. Markov and Komisarek are the backbones of the D and Streit is too useful to let go. Alas, I'm bracing myself for the loss of Soray to free agency. If the Habs lose tonight to the Leafs, I'd say trade him before 3 pm Tuesday for a first rounder, a prospect, and future considerations (such as the option to switch the Habs' 2007 third rounder for the other team's 2007 or 2008 second rounder).
Honestly, I think it is worth trying it more than ever, Sammy has been playing well recently, Koivu is playing like a true leader, he seems to be getting his great rythm back from early in the season, and Kovalev, unquestionnably the most talented forward in this team, is BACK!!
You''ll maybe be surprised. Gorges played 47 games with San Jose who has atleast respectable depht on blueline... I mean, he can't be worse then Ninimaa. Alot of sharks fans told me Josh has potential but he never had the chance to succeed there. He wanted to prove that he's more offensive but it wasn't happening in San Jose. He's 22, he still has potential I"d put him in front of Cote and Jancevski on the depht chart personally...
On a side note, Josh has won a sportsmanship award in juniors and helped his team win the memorial cup and he was a all-star too. I know it means nothing for now but you need to be a really smart and down to earth person to win such an award.
That's really good stuff there. It seems almost like he could become a younger version of Rivet in the sense that he's a leader off the ice and can play a solid unspectacular game on it.