Kopitar struggled in his third NHL season dropping his point total by 11 points, the Kings top line all struggled with Brown and Frolov dropping their production as well. A new season means new beginnings and watch for the top line to bounce back. Kopitarís totals will be back up to where there were in his sophomore season with 30+ goals and 75+ points.
Stay away from Gagne he is just too injury prone, he is already out with a groin injury.
Can you trade Kopitar for an elite winger?
Who will be available at wing come draft time? If there are not going to be 80 point wingers available to draft I would keep Boyes as there are more 75-80 point centers then there are 80 point wingers.
Itís hard to believe itís been 3 seasons since the once maligned Boyes came over to the Blues from the Bruins and resurrected his career. The result has been a clinical sniper who has posted 43 and 33 goals seasons. Finding open ice and unleashing his quick release and one-timer on the power play have been his go too weapons. Despite his goal output dropping last year, his points actually improved as Boyes began to distribute the puck to his teammates more. At 27, Boyes is actually a greybeard on the young Blues, giving him added responsibility and opportunity.
Are you going for it this year? If so it's a good risk to take. When healthy Gaborik can light up scoresheets, plus he is no longer playing under Lemaire which could be downright scary. A healthy gaborik playing on an offensive team is definitely a good risk to take.
I'd rather trade Toews than Kopitar, but you could still get burnt... I think Gaborik is too risky, and he's never played in a place like NY either. He also won't have much help from his linemates. Is there another 80pt guy you can make the same trade for? It'd be good if it was someone with fewer question marks.