many like the idea of Ott here. But I don't see the reason why? In his 8+ full seasons he has scored more than 12 goals in a season twice, so it isn't O. yes he is a good defensive gritty guy, but he isn't really an enforcer either. he is another 3/4 line guy to add to the large collection of those types we already have.
Ott isn't a scorer, obviously, but he's tough in the corners and in the face-off circle. Come playoff time, this is something the Wings lack year-in-and-year-out. He's definitely not a top-6 forward for an offensive team, but the Wings lack a real 'grind'-line center and Ott would provide Drew Miller a lot of help on the PK.
Ott would fill the same role Tootoo was brought in for. Ott is perhaps more skilled but if there is no place for Tootoo I dont see them trading for Ott.
I agree that he would fill Tootoo's role; however, Ott currently plays 19:40 ish per game with the Sabres, 2:30ish of that shorthanded. So he kills penalties as well. He also can play on the PP and I can see us trying to make him a net front guy. So he fills Tootoo's role and more. I honestly see him as more of an Abdelkader type player than a Tootoo type player.
By Tootoo's role, you mean as a scratch or buried in the AHL? The big difference between Ott and Tootoo is that you want Ott in the circle. He would give the Wings a lot more options than, say, skating Datsyuk out to take every draw late in playoff games or at the end of the regular season.
A first round pick for an upcoming UFA who isn't a star wow. Buffalo really has to lower their expectations for Miller and Ott.
I would not do it for the simple fact: I think it could be the best draft position this team has had in some time. The guy will be an UFA so why not wait a few months and make him an offer them without paying a first rounder.
Really? This is why I would do it. Holland gave up a minor leaguer and the 19th overall pick for Kyle Quincey on an expiring contract. If we could get Ott for just a late 1st rounder, count me in.
Realistically, Ott isn't the type of guy that the Wings want to sign in the off-season, but he is the type of guy they need in the playoffs. This team is getting old enough that they can't overwhelm opponents with speed and stick-handling like they used to. They need a line that can wear down an opponent. A center-man like Ott who can handle himself in the face-off circle, won't embarrass himself on the PK, and can log nearly 20 minutes a game is quite valuable for doing that (especially during a playoff run).