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08-13-2009, 07:34 AM
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My vote goes to Erik Cole. Why?

#1 - He brings a physical game that few others on the team can match, especially scorers. He's a pure power forward who loves to cut in and then drive to the net.

#2 - He raises the level of the team's play. He makes other players better, especially Staal. Look at how the team performed when he was in Edmonton, compared to when he returned.

#3 - His defensive play has improved. Watch the Boston series, it's a showcase of Erik's great backchecking and defensive play.

#4 - This poll is called "most valuable Hurricane". How many players have been as valuable as Cole over the past few seasons?

Chad LaRose can't reach the scoring numbers Cole can put up. Rod Brind'Amour is the heart and soul of the team, but he's in the twilight of his career. Tim Gleason is solid and valuable, but he would be easier to replace than Cole, who has a more unique skill set. Ruutu doesn't yet have the track record to put him over Cole as more valuable.

Jokinen and Samsonov are up-and-down, not consistently proven threats over the long term.

I think #26 deserves the #5 spot. If he was gone he'd leave a bigger hole than most players on the roster (except for #1-#4).

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