This week in Canucks nation, the topic at hand has been the worth of the top 2 picks in this draft. It seems that the price to acquire such a pick might revolve around Brock Boeser, who has been a standout prospect for the Canucks recently and even made the big club to finish off 2016-17.
Should the Canucks consider doing such a move? I asked our writers for their thoughts. What are yours?
Question: Would you move Brock Boeser for the 1st or 2nd pick in this draft and why?
Yes because as good as Boeser can be and as much as I’d like to see him stay a Canuck, he’s not a C and is probably not going to be as valuable as Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier. Also, Patrick/Hischier are younger and the Canucks will also have them under ELC/Club control for longer.
I would trade Brock Boeser for the first or second overall pick in a heartbeat. You know who wouldn’t make that trade? Literally, any team holding a first or second overall pick in any draft class. It would be that lopsided for Vancouver. Now, I think the world of Boeser. He is, in my estimation, the highest ceiling offensive player in the Canucks’ system, and it’s not even close. If the Canucks add either Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick, he’s bumped down the list and without much hesitation at that. I hope it doesn’t sound like I don’t appreciate Boeser. I appreciate him a lot. I just know that this team desperately needs a player with first-line centre potential more than they need a player like Boeser.
If it were a one-for-one, I would 100% make that deal. That being said, I’d rather not though. Is Nolan/Nico a better prospect than Boeser? I think so, but I’d much rather create a package with one of our defensemen as opposed to giving up our best prospect.
The immediate fan in me says NO WAY JOSE but if I think about this rationally, I agree with all the previous answers. Star centres don’t grow on trees, they aren’t available at your local IGA and when you get close enough to get one, you make that move. We all got excited when the Canucks had a legit chance at winning the lottery or at least coming second and if it means trading Boeser which I doubt would be the play, I say do it. But… no one ever lets me push the button so you’re safe for today.
You can’t not make this move. Boeser looks poised to be a very good player, but the upside on Hischier and Patrick is convincingly higher, not to mention they both play a more valuable position in the long run. The factor of unknowns could be considered here, but it’s hard to say that what we saw in nine games of Boeser at a professional level is a definitive proving ground. Not to mention, if this really is a long term project, making one of your top pieces a year and a half to two years younger is probably better for the window once this team is once again competitive. I’m super stoked for what Boeser could become, but the value difference here is lopsided and I think neither New Jersey or Philadephia would be stupid enough to make that trade.
Yeah, I think it’s pretty unanimous across the board that you make this trade if it comes to it. Boeser is fun to watch, and was one of the few bright spots of the past season, but I think a talent like Patrick or Hischier doesn’t come around often enough to have it pass by.