Jamie Benn is BACK
Rejoint: janv. 2022
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After reading about the trade a bit, I can see the logic in this move from both teams' standpoint, although seeing the Stars trade Cecconi is somewhat bittersweet for me.
At one point a few seasons ago, he was probably our 2nd best defenseman prospect after Harley (and I think he was on the shutdown pair 2-3 seasons back with the expectation that he might have been close to challenging for a 6th/7th spot in Dallas). I always thought that he and Harley would have been the next two to move up, especially once guys like Miller and Hakanpaa came of the books. He didn't really develop much and I guess I was wrong since we just drafted a bunch of RHD. This suggests that he wasn't in the long-term plan and probably wasn't going to re-sign so he basically gets to go home since he's from the Buffalo area. At Michigan, I think he was their captain and was paired with Hughes too. He was one of my favorite prospects in our system so I hope it works out for him in Buffalo. Hoping he becomes a long-time NHL player and PK guy for the Sabres.
From what I understand about Laaksonen, he's very talented offensively (which is what DeBoer likes) but terrible defensively in a Klingberg way. His offensive skills seem to fit the system we're running now and obviously Dallas loves its Finnish players so it makes sense that he's getting a shot in Helsinki South. Hopefully it works out.