Jayce Hawryluk has been among the top prospects for the Florida Panthers in the past couple years. The former 32nd overall pick posted 26 points in 47 games for the Thunderbirds last year. But why trade him? While Hawryluk is good at putting up points, he is in the box too much. Other reasons include his value and the rebuilt prospect system.
Jayce posted 26 points in 47 games last year. While it isn’t terrible, Jayce was injured last year. He suffered a hand injury in a fight in a meaningless exhibition game. He also is in the box too much. Jayce had 47 PIM last year. In 47 games. That is too much. That gives the opposition too many powerplay chances.
Jayce also has good value at this time. Regarded highly by scouts, Jayce could fetch a decent return. Like Crouse, the Panthers could use Jayce along with someone else cough Demers cough for a salary dump but pick up a much better return. If Jayce makes the NHL with us and bombs, then we are in trouble. He is a top prospect and we can’t risk it. Hawryluk’s value should acquire someone who can help us win now, which is a desperate need for the financial state of the team.
Furthermore, the core is stacked. When Tallon did an interview earlier this month he didn’t mention Hawryluk. The core is currently Sasha Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck. Evengy Dadonov and Nick Bjugstad not going anywhere. Right now, Radim Vrbata, Michael Haley, Derek Mackenzie and Colton Sceviour patch up some holes. Currently, Henrik Haapala, Maxim Mamin and Owen Tippett are leading candidates for the final forward spots. With Henrik Borgstrom, Adam Mascherin, Jonathan Ang and Sebastin Repo among others coming soon, Hawryluk is the odd one out.