Originally Posted by loco man
Can someone please give me some insight into Ryan Whitney?
I am debating about acquiring him in a deal and would love to know if this is a great time to grab him or if I should steer clear.
Assuming the season starts, or even if not, what can we expect from him?
He's got the wonkiest wheel this side of Andrei Markov. Just has not been the same since continually injuring his ankle. He's lost a ton of mobility and it's taken him out of the picture offensively. He still offers a solid veteran presence and can play physically but he's a shadow of what he was. Maybe this extended layoff is what he needs to get back to his top level but I'm sceptical about both his ability to be protective when healthy and to simply remain healthy. Regardless of his health level he will not be the top scoring defenseman for the Oilers. He's going to get PP2 minutes, which on this team isn't actually bad but he'll only be so productive in that role.