Thread: GBU: Lightning Struck
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02-09-2011, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by buffalowing88 View Post
Give Connolly some credit. He made Leopolds GTG happen by not touching the pass between his legs and he played great 2 way hockey for the last 30 minutes. I know he's all but gone, but we will miss his playmaking at some point in time.

Also, Vanek has inched his way back into the top 15 forwards in the game. He's found his role and he's excelled at it. Great Job.
Vanek is playing great, but he's nowhere near a top 15 forward in the game:

In no particular order:

1) Stamkos
2) Crosby
3) Ovechkin
4) Malkin
5) D Sedin
6) H Sedin
7) Datsyuk
8) Zetterberg
9) St. Louis
10) B Richards
11) Parise
12) Getzlaf
13) Perry
14) E Staal
15) Kesler
16) Kopitar
17) Eriksson
18) Carter
19) Giroux
20) Thornton
21) Nash
22) Heatley
23) Iginla
24) Backstrom

etc, etc

There's probably about 20 players on the list I would take over Vanek without a doubt in my mind and probably another 10-20 I would probably take over him. I'd call Vanek a borderline top 40 forward.

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