Thats interesting, especially since you're putting the burden of proof on others as to why they are skeptical that rookies can fill key roster spots this season.
So what you're saying to me is:
"Ken, in previous arguments, I have denounced the significance of statistical data because it simply is not enough to paint the full picture. I will also emphasize my opinion over yours, even though I have never gone to see our prospects play in person or in frequency and you have."
Can't use stats to prove points. Can't use physical scouting to prove points. Can't allude to the high number of prospects that we've relied on to play NHL roles for us since Sather got here.
But hell, your gut feeling and loose observation clearly supersedes all of that... because, BRB logic.
Everyone's ******** on Vancouver for that deal but I think it's a decent haul. Maybe they could have gotten more but it's always tough when trading someone with a NTC. Bonino is a very solid get.
If it was Ottawa's 1st rounder (#10) instead of the #24, I would be a great return for Vancouver.
Even though I think Kesler is overrated, if I'm Anaheim, I make that trade any day of the week. Sbisa has never lived up to his potential (even though only 24), 24th pick isn't that impressive, and Bonino just broke out at 26 w/ a shooting percentage a few points higher than where it will presumably settle.
2nd liner, a #4/5 defensemen, and a late first. Ok, but not gangbusters and worth it for a team as stocked as Anaheim.