Trade Deadline Candidate: Devin Setoguchi

RW Devin Setoguchi, San Jose Sharks

Age: 24 Height: 6’0″ Weight: 200 Shoots: Right Cap Hit: $1.8 Million

Stats in 2010-11: 45 Games Played, 11 Goals, 9 Assists, 20 Points, -10

Darren Dreger of TSN had this to say about the Penguins and Setoguchi:

“With no time frame set for the return of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and a knee injury that will likely see Evgeni Malkin miss the rest of the season, Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero needs a Top 6 forward – preferably a centre. Because of long term injury relief, cap space is no longer a problem. However, if Shero hopes to lure players like Stephen Weiss from the Florida Panthers or pry a talented young forward like Devin Setoguchi from the San Jose Sharks (as examples), he will need to present a package of assets containing either a combination of a young roster player and high ranking draft pick, or a top prospect and draft picks. In San Jose’s case, assuming Sharks GM Doug Wilson is willing to consider moving Setoguchi, a young defenceman such as 25-year-old Alex Goligoski may have to be included.”

Setoguchi, a 24 old winger, would fit in nicely with the Penguins. He would bring a lot of speed to Pittsburgh. He has a a lot of goal scoring potential, but he has been very inconsistent in his career so far. A move to Pittsburgh could only benefit him. An opportunity to play with Sidney Crosby could let him perform to his full potential. The Canadian forward was drafted eighth overall in the 2005 NHL Draft. Giving up someone like Goligoski may be too costly for Pittsburgh. Although he does have some haters, the defense has been healthy almost all season long. Goligoski has scored 9 goals and recorded 28 points. His plus-minus of 19 is ranked 16th in the NHL. Setoguchi will become a restricted free agent after the season.

Readers: If it came down to Goligoski/Prospect or draft pick for Setoguchi, would you do it? Leave your responses in the comments section.