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10-20-2003, 10:22 AM
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Horcoff has improved in real ways since arriving, and may have a gear or two to go. We don't know if he can score 40 points, but we'll find out.

If he can't, he's still a pretty good NHL calibre player who can play center or wing. Rem Murray.

But he MIGHT be a little better than that.

Below are the first few seasons in the NHL for Horcoff, Reasoner and Murray:

Horcoff
00-01: 49gp-9-7-16 (age 22)
01-02: 61gp-8-14-22 (age 23)
02-03: 78gp-12-21-33 (age 24)

Reasoner
98-99: 22gp-3-7-10 (age 21)
99-00: 32gp-10-14-24 (age22)
00-01: 41gp-4-9-13 (age 23)
01-02: 52gp-6-5-11 (age 24)
02-03: 70gp-11-20-31 (age 25)

Murray
96-97: 81gp-11-20-31 (age 24)
97-98: 61gp-9-9-18 (age 25)
98-99: 78gp-21-18-39 (age 26)

Horcoff and Murray look like the same guy at age 24, but Horcoff had 100 games under his belt at the NHL level. The only real standout season above is Reasoner's 99-00 season, which he has not built on in over 150 games since (by that I mean he hasn't estbablished himself as a top 2 center).

Murray's best season (21-18-39) doesn't seem out of reach for either Horcoff or Reasoner.

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