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12-20-2010, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by phillyfanatic View Post
His point is still valid. JVR is big with good hands and a knack for scoring goals. He hasn't turned into a power forward YET. Lets not be the Habs this time around and trade him before he turns into one. We very nearly turned the John Leclair trade into a Stanley Cup. Now we have a young John Leclair (he is similar in goals and how he is perceived as Leclair was in Montreal) - I say be very careful when you are thinking about trading him. He has 40+ goal potential. Lavy is pushing the right buttons.

Look at Leclair:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_LeClair

Look at JVR:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_van_Riemsdyk

He has similar stats to a young Leclair. Similar frame, similar hands, similar shot. Why trade him now? Makes no sense to me. None.
LeClair an JVR are definitely similar players but there is a very big difference between the two. LeClair had his best seasons playing on the LOD and playing with Lindross. Don't think that matters? Keith Jones scored 18 goals playing with one leg on a line with Lindorss. Not taking anything away from LeClair (he is my all time favorite player), but there is no one the Flyers that can do for JVR what Lindross did for other players. My guess is that JVR's career high will be around 40 goals and I don't think it will happen as a regular thing.

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