Love this guy. If anyone was expecting the guy to be some offensive weapon then you're disappointed in what you've seen so far but if you understood that his game isn't really about offense, then how can you not love what he brings to the team? He's a great skater, in great shape, he hits, he checks, he agitates (and surprisingly doesn't take as many penalties as you would think considering how annoying he is on the ice) and what he may not create with his hands, he creates with his speed and willingness to get into the dirty areas.
Trollmarov is awesome. He's actually a decent player too, it's nice to have a pest who can draw penalties, piss off the other team, hits like a machine, and actually be a serviceable player at the same time. Kills penalties, good defensively, isn't a hothead and doesn't take stupid penalties, and he can chip in points here and there. Solid draft pick/signing by the Leafs, especially considering how late he was picked.
Really hard to justify taking JVR off the 1st line with his play, and putting him on our defensive line.
Almost better to go with:
Lupul Bozak Kessel
Komarov Grabbo Kulemin
JVR Kadri Frattin
McLaren McClem Orr
But then what about mac, right? Lupul returning is going to force the Leafs' hand up front, I think.
I think you leave JVR with Kessel and put Lupul with the kids. Stick Mac in the press box if you can't trade him (though, injuries might play a part in him keeping a spot here until the deadline).
As for Komarov, he's a great player for what he brings to the table and is someone who will help a team win, he's basically our Kaleta except he's actually in control and doesn't play dirty. Other teams hate him because he just hits anything that moves, but he hasn't crossed the line and taken any cheap shots. I agree with the poster who said his composure in keeping Grabo in check was a very eye-opening moment, where it shows he has tremendous character.
ROR has the upside to be a 1st line center and he's still very much in his controllable years. This isn't equivalent to trading for a guy on a huge contract in his UFA years (i.e Rick Nash).
Perhaps I might have overshot the offer a bit, but realistically, that's the type of deal you have to make to get a premium position these days (#1 C are the most sought after commodity). Gardiner and 1 more peice sound about right, I wouldn't offer Kadri or JVR personally, but that's what it would take. Kulemin is borderline worth a second + 3rd in itself.
Fact is, your not going to get an high upside #1 C prospect in today's market without giving up a lot in return.
The most I'd be willing to give up personally is Gardiner and Frattin, but I don't think Colorado does that. Kadri or JVR would be required to take that deal over the top.
Do you mean Matt Duchene? Cause he's the only legit #1C prospect Colorado has. I'd give up JVR and Kulemin for him no questions asked.