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06-28-2011, 02:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Prustqvist24 View Post
Del Zotto, who is a little younger than Filatov, put up 37 points in 80 games as a 19 year old and has already scored 48 points in the NHL. He's a defenseman, and he just turned 21. Filatov, also 21, has failed to stick with his team for more than 23 games in any NHL season so far, has only 13 NHL points, and might be an attitude problem/flight risk to Russia. Del Zotto's value is significantly higher. As others have noted, d-men take longer to develop. GMs know this as well and Del Zotto has proven he can play in the NHL. Filatov hasn't even proven he WILL play in the NHL. I don't agree that Erixon is our #1 prospect either, but otherwise I agree that trading any of them (this does not apply to Vtank, Kundratek, Pashnin) in anything other than a package deal that brings back a significant asset would be pointless.
Look, you're kidding yourself if Del Zotto is going to bring us all that much in return. There's too many questions about his game, his confidence, and his sophomore slump that lead to Matt Gilroy, Steve Eminger and 2 rookies surpassing him on the depth chart. It doesn't matter how long it takes anyone to develop. You can judge players solely on stats if you want, GMs don't.

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