Don't know much about him, but just looking at his +/-...EEK.
-17 and -11 the last two years
Well, he's played for Columbus. Almost every player on team will be a minus...however, he was the direct result of many of these minuses...so, yeah. He couldn't even crack the Devils' defense, he won't crack ours, IMO.
I don't understand why we can't put together a decent package for a defenseman that's actually, ya know..talented in some facet of the game instead of trying to "save" these projects that "need a change of scenery". Better yet, why don't we put together a good package for a legit winger or someone that can score on a consistent basis? I'm fine with letting our current defensemen learn on the fly, but when 1/3 of our goals thus far have been in one game, I think it's time to stop looking to improve our blueline and look to our core to start producing. Outside of the Vancouver game, we haven't scored more than 2 goals during regulation.
He was part of a decent PP in Columbus. That would SEEM to be the appeal......on the surface anyway.
Originally Posted by htk30
I don't understand why we can't put together a decent package for a defenseman that's actually, ya know..talented in some facet of the game instead of trying to "save" these projects that "need a change of scenery". Better yet, why don't we put together a good package for a legit winger or someone that can score on a consistent basis?
Only because you have to hope you're filling a temporary need. I think you at least need to see Staal, Sauer and Wolski on the ice before you begin dealing coveted commodities.
Personally, I consider the temporary needs filled already. Lion Hound is right that you've got to let Woywitka, Bell and Erixon settle in and get comfortable with the game plan before moving on to plan C. Hell, I think Woywitka has been a nice surprise and Erixon looks far more poised than I expected.
Stralman ranked many times higher compared to Erixon in Sweden ( not even any comparison made because that would be a joke. Stralman is just as good defensively aswell as Erixon, on big ice atleast ). All SEL teams wants him.
These figures doesn't look so bad either, right?
2009-2010 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 73 6 28 34
Next to Lidstrom Stralman is the most talented offensive defenseman Sweden has right now. Enstrom certainly isn't as talented as Stralman are. I don't know why NHL can't seem to use his exeptional potential more.
Would much rather take a chance on Stralman, who I'm actually surprised is out of a job and I think may have had his stock fall after playing on a bad CBJ team, than give up assets unless we're actually making an IMPACT move. I think Stralman can actually be a good bottom pairing d-man with puck moving ability. I actually really liked Stralman and then he just fell off the radar last season. I assumed he would find a job with a new team this summer and was surprised when he didn't. I think it's definitely worth a chance. Not much to lose.