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07-28-2008, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Vatican Roulette View Post
You might think that, but Detroit mgt. doesn't.
Detroit's management? Your post sounds more like your own opinion. Incidentially this is the same management that was perfectly happy to trade him for Numminen.

The guy put up amazing #'s for the ice time he got, see's the ice well, and has great instincts in the offensive zone and can play defensively as well as an average top 6 guy. He can fit into the top 6 on at least 15 teams in the league. His scoring depth is one of the reasons Detroit won the cup. For a guy to pot as many points as he did on the 4 line for most of the playoffs...

Thats worth more than a veteran pick-up no matter what time of year.
He put up nice numbers but lets not get into hyperbolic praise. He got 13 minutes a game, top 9 among Detroit forwards. That's quite reasonable.

Looking at his progress since he would have been traded for Numminen:

76 games 15 goals and 25 points.
81 games 13 goals and 42 points.

There are lots of 25 point young players. Has he suddenly improved massively? When you see his power play points jumped to 15 in his second season, you can see where the extra points came from. That's the same difference between a 40 and 25 point player. It seems reasonable to say his improvement has come largely from getting ice time on Detroit's power play rather than any "amazing" breakthrough.

Sure he is obviously talented and could breakout to be a real nice player. He could be the next Patrick Sharp who was lost in Philadephia's depth. That's why he could fetch you a top UFA. If he didnt have that promise, he wouldnt. He's young, cheap, and most importantly to Detroit, he's disposable.

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