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07-18-2011, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Brian Boyle View Post
Paajarvi is a winger.

He put up 15 goals coming straight out of the SEL as a 20 year old on the worst team in the NHL. Add in the fact that he's defensively responsible, and whether or not he lived up to "the hype" is meaningless. The bottom line is that he had a very successful rookie year.

I wouldn't deal McDonagh for him, as I already alluded to, but there's no need to undermine Paajarvi to make your point regarding McDonagh.
I dont mean to undermine him and im sure he will be a solid player for years to come. But that does not change the fact that it was actually a disappointing year for him. Just because he played on a bad team doesnt explain why he wasnt better. There are lots of players who play on horrible teams that put up better stats. Someone has to score on that team and if your getting tons of minutes you should be doing better. There were plenty of rookies who are the same age or younger who have had more successful rookie seasons than him even on bad teams. Look hes a good player but NOT worth Mcdonagh PERIOD.

Mcdonagh will continue to get better and better with each season and being a 21yo while going against some of the better teams players and still being one of our best dmen says alot about him. I think Mcdonagh has the ability to be a Staal-lite player. Depending upon how his offense comes, i would say a Letang player.

Like i said.. If the Oilers were offering Hall for Mcdonagh then id be down.

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