One of the young guns is on his way out
Brad Senecal: Call— This will be interesting to keep an eye on as the expansion draft is approaching and there is intrigue with many of these players. Max Comtois, Max Jones, and Isac Lundestrom are showing they could be part of this roster long term, while Sam Steel and Troy Terry may still hold some value that teams may be willing to make a move for that would be better than the team losing them for nothing.
Redan Lopez: Call— I’m unsure if any of them will go as they are still very young and may roll with them one more year to see some consistency. While unlikely, it’s definitely possible someone goes. Jacob Larsson has not panned as a top 4 defenseman. Josh Mahura hasn’t cracked the lineup and everybody with exception of Comtois and Jones has been fairly inconsistent.
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Ben Thomasian: Fold— Murray likes to hold onto prospects a little too long for the most part and with the Seattle expansion coming up and likely to take at least one young player, Murray will probably be a little too cautious. He won’t want to repeat moving Theodore (and expecting Montour to take his place) with this group.
For all the games they’ve played, the current young group still continues to perform with great variability on any given night. Presently Troy Terry is “hot” yet he went an entire calendar year without scoring – what if the Anaheim Ducks moved another one of those forwards and Terry goes cold? It just may not be a risk Murray is willing to take right now.
TJ Watson: Raise— I think Terry and Comtois are safe, Jones is borderline. Larsson has got to go. Lundy and Steel should stay. Mahura is an unknown commodity.
Ciara Durant: Call— With the recent video the Anaheim Ducks put out about the “Future on the Rise” I lean more towards fold. However, I think there are a few young guns who have taken big steps back this season and it might be time for Bob Murray to reassess how they fit into the Anaheim Ducks plans going forward. With that being said, however, I don’t see Murray pulling the trigger unless he gets a return he simply cannot refuse.
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