posted at 10/14/2013 2:02 PM EDT
Who cares about Seguin anymore. Sure, he's going to be a good player.
I firmly believe that Eriksson is a better player right now than Seguin. He had a down year last year, sure, but I'll still take him. Even last year, his point total wasn't a total disgrace. His two way game is lightyears ahead of what Seguin will ever achieve, though.
There are ups and downs to the Seguin trade, but you need to look at every level of it. Seguin/Eriksson trade-off may be worse long-term, but I'd argue that it's probably better short term.
Peverley for Smith? After Peverley's year last year, I'll take Smith. The chemistry that he's already formed with Kelly, and now playing with Bergeron as a testament to his play so far, speaks volumes. I like most things about his game, particularly for such a young player.
Then you look further down the trade, and the Bruins got two pretty good prospects in Morrow and Fraser (had 30+ goals in the AHL last year) for Ryan Button, who was way down the list of Bruins prospects, and I think the Bruins made out well here.
Seguin may be a great player one day, but I wasn't enthused. His lack of dedication to the game, lack of grit, lack of ability to step up big in the playoffs (after game 2 against Tampa, he had 3 goals in his next 38 playoff games), and just overall lack of creativity what so ever, I just don't believe he'll ever fulfill his potential. I defended him for a while last year, but in hindsight, I just don't see him becoming an elite player. I'm sure he'll enjoy a long career of being a pretty good player, particularly if paired with an elite playmaker, but I don't see him ever consistently putting up over a point per game.