I'm really not ready to trade Gelinas in many packages, and definitely not because the Devils have Severson. Not sure he's going to translate into a big offensive players. Let's see how this AHL season goes.
As for Gelinas...rookie season of 29 points in 60 games on crummy offensive team, and I believe he played mostly on the 2nd PP.
His defense was atrocious. Probably as bad as I can remember any defenseman playing on the Devils. Definitely don't blame Pete for scratching him at all, but it just seemed like there was too much thinking being asked of him by the way he was jerked around."
"We are scratching you because your defense sucks, and you need to improve it"
"Be more physical because you are big and that's what big defenseman do"
"But our team desperately needs offense, so we will play you, but don't be stupid and be smart defensively"
"Just we REALLY need your offense..so create something"
"Okay, you suck defensively, but we need offense, so you'll be the 7th defenseman and get no shifts"
"Better do something offensively or there is no reason for you in the lineup....but don't fvck up"
He'll figure it out. I'm excited for him to QB the first PP, and put up some good numbers. Not expecting him to be remotely good defensively, but some improvements have to be there. Just don't try and hit anybody.