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11-04-2003, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Marconius
I think I'm a bit outta of the loop here. Whats so great about Pitkanen? I haven't heard much about him, but he must be a player if the general consensus is that Comrie straight up for him won't work. Can anyone give me abreakdown on him?
If there was one player I wanted the Oilers to trade up to get last year it was this guy.(More than Nash, J-Bo and Lehtonen) Cool in his zone, great passing skills, jumps in the play, can skate well enough to get back into the defensive zone. Averaging 18 minutes of ice a game in his rookie season. Also averages 4:09 of Powerplay ice per game on a team that has Johnsson, Desjardins on it and is so good that two good blueliners for the Flyers last year got sent to the Phantoms in Seidenberg and Vandermeer.(Although I think Vandermeer got called up.)

In less than two seasons his value will be superior to Eric Brewer. He was described in the THN draft preview issue as Phil Housley with size and a bit of a mean streak. He is to blueline prospects what Spezza is to forwards and what Lehtonen is to goalies.

So he is um....pretty good.

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