Erik Gudbransson | Vancouver Canucks
Contract : $3.5 million/1 year, Production: 4pts/38 games, Slot: Bottom Pair
Why We Want Him
Erik Gudbransson might just be what the New York Islanders need on the blue line. He’s a big 6’5” 220lbs defender. Selected third overall by the Florida Panthers in 2010, Gudbransson was never going to put up a ton of points. He was and still is, a big-bodied old school defender.
He’s the type of defender that tough physical styled coaches, like ex-Florida Panthers head coach Gerrard Gallant love to have. So much so that Gallant was incredibly critical of the Panthers after Gudbransson was traded which apparently lead to Gallant’s eventual dismissal by the Panthers.
Gudbransson would immediately bring that talismanic physical man-mountain-Shea-Weber type of presence on the blue line. A blue line that opposition forwards hate playing against. Again, he’s not like Shea Weber going forward, but that’s fine. The Islanders are already one of the best teams going forward.
Why We Don’t Want Him
There’s a reason the Florida Panthers traded their third overall pick in 2010 to the Vancouver Canucks. He just isn’t that good. With four points in 40 games, he’s by no means good going forward.
He’s also not that great defensively with a 43.5% 5on5 CF%. At the moment the Islanders are already giving up enough shots against. They don’t need to pile that on by bringing in a guy, that while large doesn’t bring much else. And might even be a net negative.