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David Booth Trade: The Verdict

On October 22, 2012, Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis traded forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm to the Florida Panthers for left wing David Booth, centre Steve Reinprecht and a third round draft pick in 2013.

When news first broke out about the trade, it had many people thinking about a deep playoff run. We essentially gave up two forwards who were getting up there in age, while we attained a talented young forward who was battling some early career injuries, yet had a huge amount of potential waiting to be properly utilized. Standing 6’0 tall and weighing in at 212 pounds the Canucks envisioned Booth being a power forward who could play on the wing with fellow American Ryan Kesler, or possibly even teaming up with the ever creative Sedin twins. That was the plan. Unfortunately things do not always go the way you want them to go.

In his 1st season last year with the Vancouver Canucks, David Booth managed to score 16 goals, and adding another 13 helpers to register 29 points in 56 games. Coming into the 2012-2013 season many Canucks were expecting to see a jump in Booth’s numbers, and overall production, but as it was seen early on in the season, fans would be lucky to even see David Booth dress up and play on the ice. After already beginning the regular season on the shelf, Booth suffered a leg injury on March 17th, which required surgery, and has left him out for the rest of the season. In his 2nd season with the Canucks, Booth has shown flashes of the fast, big, powerful power forward the Canucks traded for, but his inability to be consistent, and more importantly healthy has resulted in him having a lackluster term so far with the Canucks.

As we look back at the trade made by Mike Gillis to acquire Booth, I believe it is pretty clear what the verdict is. While the Canucks were able to get rid of two aging players, they acquired a very talented NHL forward, but they also acquired a player who has, and is currently battling with injuries. Although Booth has a great personality, and tremendous potential, maybe it is time to move on from him, and accept that this trade has not worked out for the Canucks as they had wished it would.

Do you agree?

Written by: Hamed Amiri

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