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03-07-2011, 05:18 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Fleming Island, Fl
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He's 26, turning 27 this summer.
When Pronger was 26, he'd already had a 62 points season and scored 47 points in 51 games. In the pre-lockout, clutching and grabbing NHL.
When Chara was 26, he had 16 goals and was a +33.
When Gonchar was 26, he had already had two 50 point seasons.
Age-wise, Gilroy is in the prime of his career.
My argument specifically stated he was a 2nd year pro. Not comparing age(s).
Chara 2nd Year: 59 games, 8 points.
Pronger 2nd Year: 43 games, 14 points ('94/'95).
Gonchar 2nd Year: 78 games, 41 points (in a clearly different league in '95-'96)
Also, I'm comparing Gilroy to some of the best defenseman in the league over the past 10 years and 2 of these guys are probably shoe-in HOF'ers.
Point is, evaluating Gilroy after a year and half with two crappy D partners and him playing on the wrong side probably isn't the greatest way to measure his upside. He might never be a 40 point defenseman, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did somewhere where he gets ice time and another year or two under his belt.
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