There's definitely half a pint of beer in the pint glass: wether it's half full or half empty is up to you.
I'm going with half full. A playoff season missed does not help Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan, Andy, Weiss , Jurco, and Smith gain valuable playoff experience. Legwand helps us get by until the Calvary returns, then once the playoffs begin, as we saw last year, all bets are off. If healthy, we've actually got a damn good lineup.
Somehow, with no top 20 picks since 1991, our prospects managed to win the Calder Cup and produce the Butterfield winner . Jarnkrok is no Pulkkinen, and it's not like we don't have guys in the pipeline ahead and behind him.
Again if mediocrity is okay with you, fine. For me I look at this team and ask two questions:
Can this team seriously compete for a Stanley Cup? If yes great. If not then I ask:
Has the team increased it's ability to compete for one in the future.
This trade doesn't make this team a serious cup contender, and it has hurt the team long term.