In the most recent edition of 31 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman indicated the Edmonton Oilers organization is torn on whether or not to move on from 2016 fourth overall pick Jesse Puljujarvi:
Their first-round pick is definitely in play. Jesse Puljujarvi? As Tuesday developed, there was pushback on his availability. There are some in the organization who want to win now and recognize he has value in the market; there are others who see a player needing patience to develop.
It’s unclear which faction in Edmonton will emerge victorious, but should Puljujarvi be on the move, the Canucks might have interest. Players with his draft pedigree don’t become available very often, and the Canucks could always use to inject some more young talent into their roster. Would you like to see the Canucks trade for Jesse Puljujarvi? If so, what would you give up? (Try to keep offers realistic.)
Last week I asked: What would you like to see the top six look like while Pettersson is out?
If Gaudette is going to make his triumphant return then let’s see what he can do. How about:
Roussel – Gaudette – Virtanen
Lots of speed and physicality there. Then give them all the even-strength shifts they can handle for a few games.
Any of those bottom six guys would simply be an offensive blackhole whose gravitational pull the skill guys cannot escape if you moved them up. I understand TG’s willingness to tinker with things when they aren’t working, but I also think he needs to stick with a few lines for a while and see what they can do. And outside of special teams work, I’d give the top two lines the lion’s share of ice time, especially when you’ve got mediocre teams in the Coyotes and Panthers coming up.
If the Canucks are going to put Gaudette in a Top 6 role, why not on PP1?
They should try putting him in front of the net instead of Baertschi. He scored a lot of goals around the crease in the NCAA.
Just plug Gaudette into EP’s spot and see what he can do centring a top 6 line. It’s only a few games and I do not need to see Sutter play in the top 6 ever again.
Baertschi Horvat Virtanen
Goldobin Gaudette Boeser
Top 5 pick here we come. Losing EP hits hard in both scoring and at center. Just no one to replace him. Guadette is an option, but I like him staying in Utica and play PP and PK.