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Rangers Prospect Poll: #19
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07-18-2011, 08:34 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
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Why did Nashville trade Thurr for Brodie Dupont who looks to be a career minor leaguer if he can be an NHL regular in any capacity? Dupont will stay on the second line in the AHL for the rest of his career, getting call ups only when injured hit really bad and even then, he'll get very minor ice time for a game or two at most.
Odds are against Dupont scoring a single goal in the NHL.
Why did they trade Thuresson, a middling fourth line-type, for Dupont, a middling fourth-line type? Because they don't need any more middling fourth line-types, so they figured maybe they could catch lightning in a bottle with Dupont. At worst, they break even...giving up mediocrity for more mediocrity.
Weise probably could have been an fourth liner on some NHL teams last year, no? Why wasn't he on ours? Because we have plenty of guys that are more established to play fourth line minutes. So he sits in Hartford. Same situation for Thuresson. Really, same situation for Dupont.
Again, I have no problem with having Weise ahead of Thuresson in any ranking. I just don't believe the difference between the two is at all substantial. After this year, which Weise will likely spend all or most of in Hartford, he'll find himself in a similar situation to Thuresson and Dupont--decent to good AHL players that can't do enough to establish themselves in a bottom six role on a decent NHL club.
You can quote all the stats and scouting reports and provide all the Gordie Clark quotes you want. They're all great, and I can't dispute them. I'm just relying on my eyes and my knowledge of the game, both of which tell me Dale Weise doesn't have "it." I said the same thing about Brodie Dupont, the same thing about Greg Moore, Alex Giroux and Chad Wiseman. Didn't have the extra gear to become NHL regulars.
However, I also said the same thing about Dan Girardi, so I've been wrong before.
It's just pain.
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