The 2nd round pick for a halfway decent rental is a foregone conclusion and as long as the Canucks kept Jensen, Gaunce and Corrado, I was good with Connauton being traded.
Connauton is a left side D with defensive issues and a booming shot. He'll probably never be as good as either of Edler or Garrison and Corrado has replaced him on the prospect depth chart. Connauton may end up as a good PP specialist and a high risk/reward D-man but his potential is a 4/5 guy at best with defensive concerns.
Roy was near the top of my list for players MG should target simply because he's a skilled 2nd line C who isn't a liability defensively.
My hope was the Canucks would add an offensive C because of the uncertainty over Kesler's offensive production in the playoffs since he's played just over 10 games in a year. Although there's doubt over 17's offense, there's little doubt over his all around game once he gets a few games in. Kesler can slot back as the main match-up C and soak up big defensive responsibilities while chipping in the odd even-strength offense and standing in front of the net on the PP.
I'd love to see Gillis add someone like Ott, who can also take defensive responsibilities or line up on the wing to give this team even more versatility and options.
I didn't think the Canucks had a cup chance unless they added an offensive C, but now that they have, all bets are off. I'm very interested to see how Roy fits in.
coco_canuck wrote: Kesler can slot back as the main match-up C and soak up big defensive responsibilities while chipping in the odd even-strength offense and standing in front of the net on the PP.
Just coming here to post this. It sure would be nice to see Kesler beast mode against other teams tops lines, and have Roy play 2C. Kesler to the wing on the second line could work again too ala Sundin.
Roy played mostly with Eriksson this season and Cole since he was acquired.
He appears to have been matched up with alot of top 2 lines/and top 2 D pairings this season with his most ice time coming against Carter/Doughty in LA and Tanguay/Wideman/Brodie in Calgary followed by Suter/Gilbert/Bouchard in Minny and Paranteau in Colorado.
Another factor here is this takes a (wee) bit of the heat off Gillis in the Luongo situation. Now he looks to be trading more from a position of power/seller rather than desperate to fill a hole up front. Ball's in his court again.
Potatoe1 wrote:Actually Connauton's play made Connauton expendable (smile).
The guy simply wasn't going to be able to play defensively at this level.
A fairly late second for a rental at a position we desperately needed.
Big upgrade as Roy is way better then Ebbet or Schroeder.
Fair enough! I haven't seen either player much, but from all reports Corrado's stock has shot through the roof and Connauton's is in the gutter. As you say, defensive play is Connauton's problem.
Roy should be a massive upgrade over Schroeder, Ebbett and Burrows...
Speak of the devil, Schroder has been sent down. Hopefully Shredder rips it up in the AHL now. He has surpassed my expectations for him this season, but he is clearly not a playoff answer for this gorup.