BurghersAndDogsSports wrote:The same folks bashing Joe Morrow as a prospect
This is what is wrong with your basic premise. I haven't seen anyone "bashing" Joe Morrow. Some have simply pointed to scouting reports and facts about his transition that make it very clear that he is not a sure thing. Comparing him to Despres in WBS this year isn't really valid, since Despres had already acquitted himself quite well at the NHL level last year.
I think Morrow will be a good NHL defender, who if he really wants to will become a VERY good NHL player. That describes at least three other young defenders in our stable of prospects, but I agree with you in terms of this being a good deal only because it's clear we are right there for a Cup run.
I mentioned this earlier today and Steve Dave just did as well, but folks are romanticizing his potential because he did almost stick as an 18 year old. Bissonette did as well, and he is playing wing and tweeting up a storm in the Desert. I am not comparing their skillset, but the point is that the camp was two years ago now and he was invisible at Prospect camp this year and was struggling mightily in WBS for most of the year. He only recently achieved "good AHL player" status. He just isn't a slam dunk as an all around D.