Thread: Speculation: The Offseason Thread, Part I
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05-29-2011, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Brian Boyle View Post
$2.5MM-$3.0MM for Brouwer? I'd rather Zuccarello play 3rd line RW than overpay a marginal 2nd/3rd line forward.

Zuccarello played 42 NHL games this, his first, season and put up 23 points in addition to the AHL games he played. A very respectable pace of 45 points over 82 games for a rookie. His previous high in games played in a season was 55 in the SEL. He averages 14:10 of ice time (essentially third line minutes).

For an offensively inept team, it's absolutely baffling that so many are writing Zuccarello off. Yeah, he's small, but he still produced, and has even more potential. Unless we find an embarrassment of riches in RW depth over the summer, the 3rd line RW spot should be Zuccarello's to lose in camp.

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