I don't know why everyone is hating on Laughton. He's been fantastic in his role and would actually be promoted to either the 2nd or 3rd spot, but those are gifted to Filpputurd and Patrick. Laughton has done what's been asked of him and it's Haktard's fault for not rewarding Laughton for his play. If he turns out to be a 25 to 30 point line 4 player, that's good enough for me. And remember that he wasn't a top 10 pick either. Laughton was drafted 20th. I think you move Laughton into a 3rd line
I feel like the deal worked perfectly for everyone.
We got a serviceable if not amazing NHL caliber center for two years to keep the position warm while prospects developed, not to mention two picks.
Tampa got their cap problem taken care of and made roster room for their prospects that WERE ready.
Pittsburgh got an extra warm body that could move the puck if needed for their cup run (which they won).
And Streit got his Stanley Cup ring.
That trade was
I agree...it's a younger team and guys like Provorov and Konecny are nowhere near finished products. Laughton isn't a top 10 pick, he went 20th.
Ghost was Homers pick....amazing what you can do when you hold on to a 3rd rounder. They don't always hit, but when they do it's a lot better than 19 games of Jaroslav Modry.
The D will likely take a few years longer to solidify, it's the nature of the beast with young defencemen. We also still have to wait for Hart