Thought it would be, also thought Paterson would be a fairly easy add, we will see if it continues to play out that way, but looking like one that we move on from in around 24 hours.
Next one is super tough, think I am leaning towards our leading regular season goal scorer in the AHL last season and the guy that led the entire league in shorthanded points. Problem is I have always been super high on Jensen and Tvrdon, plus I think Marchenko screams NHL talent. Should be interesting, tough choices coming up there.
Went with ferraro. Think he is closer to being a finished product. Probably wont have the potential others will but if he regains the scoring touch and he showed flashes of it last year I see him as a tweener 2nd line 3rd line player that is responsible with 2 way play.
Backman. Could very easily become a poor man's Edler.
Don't really see that, although I know that does get trotted out a lot. He doesn't really have that offensive upside and he doesn't have nearly as many brainfarts in his own end as Edler is prone to.
See him being stronger defensively but not nearly the offensive player Edler is. Edler has a some terrific offensive gifts, even with Backman's pickup in offensive play I struggle to see that. You might consider that poor man's, but I just hope he wants to be a stud defensive D-man with an awesome first pass. Edler should constantly touch to high 40's to 50 point range on his current contract, that is a huge offensive player in this league in terms of backend talents.