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04-08-2011, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by sensjersey11 View Post
I don't want to be the downer here, and I'm going to preface this by saying that I like Butler's game a lot more than Shannon's... but Butler is turning 25 this month. Shannon is 27. If we're comparing those two players on a "how much potential they have that we haven't seen" scale, they're closer than you might think.

Obviously Butler still has some growth left in him (developmentally, I mean) and is the better player of the two, but I'm a little worried that some people in our fanbase are expecting Butler to have this huge developmental curve in the near future. I just hope people aren't disappointed... Butler is probably good for 20-25 goals in a year, max. His ceiling isn't as high as some fans think. It's unrealistic to expect that a 24-25 year old rookie has this whole other level that he can get to. He'll learn to read NHL defencemen better, and for sure he's going to get more comfortable in the NHL as his career continues, but the skill level you see now is pretty much it.

Still love watching him out there though, and the goal last night was a beauty, for sure.

I'm not expecting/hoping for more than 20-25 goals. The fact remains that 20-25 goals is exponentially better than Shannon's career high of 27 points. Hence Butler having more potential. slamigo already mentioned the actual age difference.

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