RoyalDude wrote:.. The end result, Skill won in the end. Skills sells tickets, skill wins games.
We already got skill with or without Hodgson.
What we didn't have before the trade was crazy. Lappy has a lil crazy in him but nothing like Zackian. Zackian has full blown crazy in him and when opponents see it in his gap toothed face they back off. We've all seen it. Nobody in their right mind wants to go toe-to-toe with that guy.
Hodgson is a skilled player but .. he is no Jordan Staal (the best 3rd line center in the NHL) nor is he a Malholtra (his faceoff percentage is just not high enough) nor can he play wing (he's just not fast enough) nor is he a Claude Lemieux (he doesn't have a nasty streak period). He's a short, stout, playmaker that didn't really have a place on our team.
I am still not a fan that we traded for Zackian as I think that a player like a more mature Steve Ott would have been a much better fit for our team but it is what it is and I think Zackian is going to be a big part of our SC run.