all that is true, but unless you are unloading a top 6 guy from our team (and I would gladly make that Franzen) he is essentially coming here to fill the role of Helm, in which he probably will not get the opportunity to score 50 points in the role Helm plays. That is why I think is would be better just to stick with Helm. But I get what you are saying, improve every spot bit by bit. If he has better hands than Helm then he is already a bit of an upgrade!
And you said it yourself, Helm plus what to get him. I think if we are trading Helm +, it should be for a top minute defender, or at least someone better than Kindl and fils more of our needs.
Helm is playing top six winger minutes. Boedker is a top six winger. He plays the same style as Helm. He's just better, younger, bigger, and more durable. Why wouldn't he produce more?
I could see your argument if I was suggesting we bring this kid on, reduce his ice time, and bury him on the third line. But he'd be coming onto this team and playing with Datsyuk and Tatar (as things are currently). That's an excellent recipe for offensive success.
Think about this
The only thing Helm provides that Boedker doesn't is the ability to play center. And given how old and injury prone Dats and Z are, that's valuable. But I'm increasingly confident that Sheahan can play the second line center in case of injury, and obviously Weiss can do it as well if he keeps trending upward.
I'm not here to bash Helm. He's really come along after a slow start. But I like big, strong, fast, durable, defensively responsible players. I like them even better when they're all that and 24 years old. I'd always trade an extra center for a guy like that.