Question 6: Curtis Lazar – should he stay or go?
From what I’ve seen of Lazar he is a big ball of energy and is hungry for a stable roster spot. I think he’s someone that will become a fan-favorite who can spark the team with a big shift, a big hit or a greasy goal. I see him as a very solid third-liner who can provide some real punch to the lineup. However, he is only 22 so there’s plenty of time for him to possibly grow into a top 6 forward.
Stay. 22 years of age with so much speed and skill. Lazar just didn’t fit in Ottawa and may just need a new start. For all we know, he finds his game in Calgary.
This is such a tricky call here. He’s a young guy, a former first round pick that you just acquired. He seems like a “project” that could be taking a roster spot from a guy in Stockton. Lazar hasn’t shown me enough to keep him around, but after giving up a second round draft pick, it’s almost evadable he will be protected.
You’re staying put for now, Curtis.
He should definitely stay. He’s young and has a lot of potential that he didnt’ get to showcase in Ottawa. He can definitely be a lot more impactful than some guys currently on the team who get paid a nice amount. From trade deadline day when Lazar was traded to the Flames to the end of the season, Troy Brouwer had four points in 18 games and a -1 rating. Lazar had three points in four games and +2 rating. He also had just one assist in 33 games with the Ottawa Senators earlier in the season before being traded, so he already beat that in four games with the Flames. I think if given the chance with good veteran linemates, he can blossom.
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