19 mai 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>AndrewLadd</b></div><div>What I’m hearing is we get Nick Leddy but worse</div></div>
You would think that but he's a different type of player than Leddy. He's much better on the power play since he's actually a threat to shoot, which Leddy wasn't. He's more aggressive in the offensive zone 5v5 too. Defensively, yes, he's a liability, perhaps more so than Leddy. With Leddy I felt it was more he's just a low IQ player, while Gus just didn't really care about defense (relative to how much he cares about offense). I actually think he'll see some improvement defensively under Trotz if he can have it drilled into him and be trusted with a greater role defensively, whereas Leddy was just kinda incapable of playing that role.
If all goes well, there's no reason why Gustafsson can't be a competent second pairing defenseman imo, who makes up for his defensive deficiencies with production on the power play. I know that sounds like Leddy, but I think the way Gus will go about doing it (if he makes the team of course) will be much different
EDIT: Just realized that Gus is gonna have to shave, which is going to be really, really weird...