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07-22-2011, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Em Ancien View Post
His ES play is excellent. If he was a tad more productive offensively and on the PP, he'd be a stud.
If, if, if...

I'm not saying the guy is a bad player. I like him a lot, but he's a mediocre 1st liner. Who is he better than on this list?

Toews
Crosby
Datsyuk
Thornton
Sedin
Malkin
Kopitar
Zetterberg
B Richards
M Richards
Stamkos
Getzlaff
Staal
Backstrom

Those guys are all head and shoulders better.

Then you've got guys like Spezza, Tavares, Roy, Kesler, Giroux, Carter, Lecavalier.... and others who are at least as good or better in his class.

So he's in the bottom half at least and probably the bottom third of 1st line centers in the league

It doesn't mean he's a bad player, he's just not a great 1st line center.

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