Archive for June 2008

A Roster Move

June 25, 2008

After pulling a no show at the NHL Entry Draft Last weekend, Gillis makes his first major player move by picking up Kyle Wellwood from the Toronto Maple Leafs on waivers.

I’m definately surprised that TO let this guy go, he has a ton of talent.  But the knock on him has been his conditioning and that has resulted in 2 injury filled seasons.

Maybe this is why:

I saw a comment from a Vancouver fan that said:

‘Kyle Wellwood needs to understand that drinking beer beside the pool when you have a broken foot is MY method of rehab, and I’m not giving him permission to use it anymore.’

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out.  Maybe with Gillis’ strong approach to player development, he’ll be able to take some of these project players and turn them into true professionals.



Trading the First Round Pick

June 12, 2008

I’ve touched on this a few years ago, but I believe that NO team should ever trade away their first round draft pick.  Ever.

It’s your best chance at building your team.  A good draft for an NHL franchise is to have two players become full-time NHLer’s.  The first round gives you the best opportunity to get one of those, and one of those that can eventually play on one of the top 2 lines, a top 2 defenceman, or a future starting goaltender.

Don’t trade it Mike.  Don’t make this your first step in reshaping our team.  It simply tells me you don’t know what it takes to make a team successful in perpetuity.

See the rumour here:

The Chief Canuck