Injury prone? What are you basing that on? Since he debuted in 05: 81, 82, 82, 73, 71, 80, 78, 38 (this season as its shortened) games played each year. He's missed double digit games once. That's pretty damn good for a forward who plays like Vanek. If thats injury prone, than Kovalchuk is made of glass.
I think some in this thread are overrating Henrique incredibly right now. I don't disagree that he has the potential to be a very good, maybe even a great player, but if a deal came up right now where it would take Henrique to get a player of Vanek's calibur now, it has to be considered. IMO the only player off the table in terms of trade is Larsson and Kovy to a lesser extent. Anyone else I'd be willing to listen on if it got us an all-star level player.
Id consider moving both the #9 pick and Henrique if it got us a player like a Vanek or Patrick Kane.
Ugh, no. The 9th overall pick should only be moved for other picks or for very, very young players. Henrique, yeah, as I think his value is near peak and if he comes back with a 35 point/82 game season next year, everyone knows what he is and there's not much room for deception. I'd be willing to move him a lot of places - if NJ could sign an LW, deal Henrique for an RW (or vice versa), I'd feel just fine about Clarkson getting the boot.
re: Henrique, at the very least, it's inconclusive what his future holds. He looks like he'll definitely stick in the NHL, but it's hard to say how good he will be. In 585 GP, Vanek has averaged 35 goals per 82 game block. Not saying goals are everything, but does anyone think Henrique ever touches that kind of production over the long term?
No, but Vanek won't touch Henrique's PK ability either. I'm wary about players like Vanek - the last one we got like that isn't lighting up the league offensively either. And of course he doesn't drive play - something which, given how good the rest of the team was at that skill, I'm willing to overlook, but not if the guy's going to get paid a ton of money.