The trade makes no sense if you just look at the back of David Booth's hockey card. The Florida Panthers, whose track record for drafting and developing players is deplorable, took Booth in the third round of the 2004 draft, then watched as he scored 22 goals in his first full NHL season and 31 in his second. At that point he was 24 and poised to become a breakout star for a franchise which desperately needed one. He would suffer an injury the next year, but came back to play 82 games in 2010-11 before he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks six games into this season for a couple of spare parts in Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson.
Canucks faith re-ignites David Booth
Vancouver Province | Feb 21