At the beginning of the year one of the threads asked who Larkin might be traded for, and I had suggested Parayko as a possibility to consider. My mindset was both of these guys could become franchise players for their respective positions, and I figured the Wings had more higher-end talent up front in the prospect pool than on defense, so it might be a trade that would make sense down the road. As far as defensman, he has everything you could want: solid defensively, huge size, booming shot, goal scoring ability, etc etc. In retrospect I'm glad we have Larkin over him, though, because I was not expecting our offense to be as anemic as it currently is, and Mrazek seems to make up for any lack of a franchise defensman (at least in terms of goals against) at the moment. Still, if we could somehow swipe Parayko from the Blues I would be willing to move a lot of pieces to make it happen.
I don't like considering anyone "untouchable"...but on the Blues roster, Parayko is about as untouchable as it gets. Even though Larkin is having a very nice season, plus the fact we need a boost on offense, I still wouldn't trade Parayko for him...and it's not a tough decision. That's not a knock on Larkin by any means though. It's just that I think that highly of Parayko.
Parayko reminds me of Pronger in a way, without the mean streak of course.
When he is on the ice, he controls the play. He's so big and technically sound. But he's also really mobile and fast...and he is as offensively gifted a defenseman as you will see at his age and he is a fantastic stickhandler.
Parayko has been our best all around defenseman. He does it at both ends of the ice. He has been better than Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo...and it's not even close. Assuming he progresses as hopes, he could easily be a Norris caliber guy in a couple years.
I really don't have anything bad to say about the guy. He has been fantastic...but like the OP said, he is a defenseman...plus Larkin, Panarin and some others are having good offensive years (having Kane on your line helps Panarin, but that guy is good anyway), so Pararako likely won't get much consideration for the Calder, even though as of right now, him not being a finalist should be a crime.
Now, if you want a defenseman and want to offer Larkin, maybe we could work out a package deal that includes Pietrangelo? Let's make this happen.