Burke Deals Ponikarovsky for Luca Caputi +

Come on, raise your hand if you have ever heard of Luca Caputi. As word circlated through the ACC tonight that Burke had apparently dealt Alexei Ponikarovsky for Luca Caputi the biggest response was WHO. Apparently Martin Skoula was thrown in the deal as well, however the MSMers out there seem to think that Burke will try to deal him as well. After watching the game tonight, I would like to think Burke is going to deal about 6-8 guys tomorrow for ANYTHING in return. The Leafs were playing the Carolina Hurricanes, the Maple Leafs made the Canes look like Team Canada 2010. My favorite Ponikarovsky Maple Leafs memory was about 2-3 years ago I was at a local Toronto restaurant on a Saturday night around 10:30pm near the ACC. As I was leaving Poni showed up and asked for a table, without batting an eye he was turned away. He tried to tell him that he was a Maple Leaf player and was laughed out the door.

Here’s a video of Caputi :

Here are the stats on the New Boys:

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Garrett Bauman
March 3, 2010 1:32 am

My hand is raised. 🙂

Remember him from his OHL days. Good player, not a good enough skater to be a huge scorer, but enough talent to perhaps match Poni’s output one day. If he can approach those types of numbers (20g, 30a range) while bringing a more physical game than Poni, it’s a fair deal.

Won’t call this one a “great” trade … but will say it’s fair. A prospect with some upside who can play right away is a greater help as opposed to a non-1st rd pick in a weak draft who would probably be 3-4 years away.

People will wonder about him being selected in the 4th round, but the stats you provided above tell the story. He was drafted the year he put up 66 points in the OHL; the next year he broke out with 111 … and was considered an absolute steal.

Good player, not great who could turn out to be a more physical version of Poni. I can live with that.

Garrett Bauman
March 3, 2010 1:34 am

Oops, that should be, was drafted the year he put up 65 points in the OHL … “coffee fingers” tonight, lol.

March 3, 2010 8:26 am

Seems straight forward to me. We all expected a 2nd round pick like we got for Antro last year. As far as I’m concerned, Caputi sounds like the equivalent to a 2nd round pick that is closer to playing in the NHL by a couple of years. No harm/no foul in my opinion. Picks and prospects are a crap shoot….at 22 Caputi might be a better bet than some unknown 18 year old.

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