They absolutely should trade the pick for pieces that they need. I know McDavid is supposed to be the next Crosby but they don't need another forward and this is a golden opportunity for them to do the smart thing.
But... it's the Oilers, so...
They'd be stupid to trade away the next Crosby. Trade other forwards for D and goaltending maybe.
Ok, can someone explain to me--in a non-biased way without using the word "attitude" or any of its synonyms--why people seem to hate PK sooooo much? Because I *really* struggle to see what is so outrageously offensive about him. I get it--he's similar to B Smitty in that he has immaturity and impulsivity issues, but SO DO A LOT OF PLAYERS. I never see the same vitriol pointed in their direction. Would people seriously not want him on the Wings? Or is he only hated because he's on the Habs? This is an honest question, help me understand.
I hate EVERYTHING about him! Well except his hockey skill, he's really good. And his personality, he's passionate and I'd like to see some Wings have that. And he doesn't really dive any more than anyone else. And I don't mind that he plays for the Habs. It's not his fault. So really it's not his clothes or attitude or abilities, but everything else I hate. That other stuff.
Its brutal. Not to sound like Don Cherry, but I miss the hockey that I grew up with. Subban would be made to answer for his cheapshots in the form of a fight. Nowadays these guys can het away with anything and that's why you see these insane slashes and hits from behind. There is no physical punishment to deter this garbage. It makes me sick.
It was never a deterrent anyway, it still happened, otherwise you'd say, "I miss old time hockey when this never happened and there were never any fights because the threat of a fight was enough to stop cheap shots."
I'm all for having guys on the team who will back other players up, but the era of the enforcer is over. Having a guy who is only good at throwing punches and can't skate, shoot, or score is nothing but a waste of a roster spot. Now if you have a guy that can fight, as well as help the team offensively or defensively, then that's different. But just some meatbag with a uniform who is a liability anytime the puck gets near him...nah.
You're forgetting one important detail; without players like Orr, hockey = soccer.
Want proof? Smith recently played the puck with his hands and was penalized. I think I've made my point.
Since he can't play hockey, and enforcing clearly is ineffective, I think he's found his true calling, instead of a 5 minute major, send the dirty players for seven minutes of heaven with McGratton and we'll see cheap shots disappear!