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04-16-2004, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by nomorekids
i know what you're saying...but afanasenkov isn't exactly a young, high-regarded prospect. up until this season, a lot of people wondered if he'd ever make it out of the AHL. he's looked promising at times, yes...but he's still largely unproven. you wouldn't say that harold druken could command two second rounders, would you? i think it's a similar case. druken looked pretty good at times in the NHL, but never put together a season or even a half a season of consistent play.

where is he, now?
That is the chance you take.

I think that the Sullivan comparison is a very bad one however. SS is 30YO, makes $3M, and has arbitration rights. He could very easily be a $4M player next year. Add in the Hawks are a bunch of morons (to put it kindly), and it's easy to see why that's not a good baseline for a trade. Much like the Luongo or Yashin trades weren't good baselines for deals, neither is the Sullivan trade.

I didn't see Afanksanov play all that much, so I'm not going to comment on his value. I will say that a team like the Lightning has very little to gain by moving away a young developing player that contributed when he had a chance. It's my understanding that DA had a hard time finishing on scoring chances. So did Martin St. Louis in CAL. BTW, I'm not comparing DA to MSL, but I am saying that a team isn't likely to move a young guy that is showing signs of developing for a 3rd round pick that has about a 20% chance ever to see the NHL.

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