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03-29-2011, 03:03 AM
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Originally Posted by vancityluongo View Post
I'm also not a huge fan of either pick, but I'll bite. Do explain further. (The accomplished more part is self-explanatory)

I'd take Toews first ten times out of ten if I was starting a team in the NHL, but not in this context. Kesler is a perfect role player in the main draft thanks to his defensive ability; Toews should be in the MLD as a two-way guy.

In five years though, Toews will be a second line center in this draft, and Kesler will be a solid third liner.
What is there to explain? As you said, the accomplishments are clear. Toews is clearly better in playoffs, internationally, better leader and better offensively. Kesler has the edge in defense and grit, but that doesn't make him a better player.

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