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04-20-2012, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by LeetchisGod View Post
Five year age difference is key. Dubi is what he is. An incredibly inconsistent player with a questionable hockey iq.
if you honestly believe that a player cannot improve or become more consistent after the age of 26, then I don't know what to tell you.

Originally Posted by Ailurophile View Post
Dubinksy on the other hand has not proven anything except that he is inconsistent and overpaid. There is nothing that guarantees he magically becomes a 60 point guy consistently. Why should anyone have faith that this is a down year and that he'll finally do something consistent next year and beyond?
Because aside from this season, he has improved his offensive and defensive game every single season he's been in the NHL. He's had ONE off year. There are only a handful of NHL players in history who have not had off years, and their names are Gretzky, Orr, Lemieux, Howe, Bossy, etc.

I've thrown this around before, and I'll do it again just because I think it makes a good point:

20 3 2 1 3
21 31 4 8 12
22 48 11 9 20
23 15 0 7 7
24 54 14 21 35
25 67 21 30 51
26 41 6 5 11

Seeing those stats, I can just imagine some of you guys screaming "That player should be traded", and "he's too inconsistent: he dropped from 51 points to 11, he is what he is, and he regressed badly this past year, he'll never amount to anything more." Funny thing is, those are the stats of Jean Ratelle.

Dubinsky is not half the player that Ratelle is, nor do I think he ever will be, but there are countless players who turned it on in their mid-to-late twenties after inconsistent starts to their careers where you always thought they could give more (if you really want me to start a list of players, I'll do it). The point I'm making is that it's ridiculous to write off Dubinsky because of one bad year at the age of 25, after several seasons of inconsistent but promising player. Also, some of you guys would've been calling for Ratelle to be traded after the 1966-67 season, which I think is hysterical.

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