Farhan Lalji wrote:Benn probably does have more potential than Kesler, but is he a better play than Kesler at current? (assuming Kesler is healthy). Given the Canucks' window, would it be in our best interest to trade Kesler for Benn? What's Benn's cap hit? Probably significantly less than Kesler's.
I'd be down for this idea as well, provided that the Canucks use this freed up cap space to get another impact player.
Benn is a better offensive player than Kesler, imo. He's a bigger body, and uses it effectively. Loves to crash a bang. He's got a nose for the net, a nice shot, and is a deceptively good playmaker also.
Kesler is a superior defensive forward, is much better in the circle, is faster and has a better shot (when healthy).
Tough to say who's going to be better. They both have injury issues, Benn has had concussions in the past. But he'll only be 23 next season, and had 63 points in 71 games last year for the Stars.
I think Benn is a much better version of David Booth. He's going to be a premiere player for the next 10 years, imo.
Dallas won't deal him. He's an RFA, so maybe throw a 5 year, $30M contract his way and see what Dallas does. If we're moving first rounders for Keith Ballard, a First, Second and Third for Jamie Benn is nothing.