Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:28 AM
There are dozens more Matteau's to be had in this draft. He doesn't have 30 goal potential, he doesn't have high end offensive skills. Not particularly good with the puck. Drafts are teeming with guys like that from the lower portion of the 1st round through the fourth round. He can be another Clarkson maybe...who we can do with, or without. Losing him isn't especially painful
We have Merrill and Gelinas with Severson in the wings. There will be another draft this year to draft another defenseman. We can part with Santini. No great tragedy. We should've taken Petan with that pick anyway
I think you're underselling both Matteau and Santini. Both are having nice seasons and that extra information from after they were drafted let's us known there likely aren't 20 or 30(I found the term teeming to represent this number) of these guys in each draft.
You're effectively saying you'd trade Matteau and Santini for a 2nd and 4th rounder right now, which would be a crazy bad use of resources as those guys, so far, are panning out rather than fizzling out, when most draft picks fizzle.
I agree that you can part with either in the right deal, but saying that they're a dime a dozen is ignoring what they've done since they were drafted or ignoring how many drafted players go on downward slides after being drafted.
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