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05-31-2012, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by HossTheBoss View Post
The difference between Kane and Staal isn't a late 1st in a weak draft.

That'd be like Chicago trading Stalberg + 18th overall for Neal. Staal's a good player, but he's nowhere near the dynamic, offensive player Kane is.
Well, clearly Staal's nowhere close to as skilled offensively as Kane, but Staal's a 23 year old, 6'4" two-way center. He's one of the top defensive centers in the league, has great intangibles in general, and made big strides offensively last season (in my opinion), putting up 25 goals/50 points in 62 games with minimal PP time in the regular season, which he followed up with 6 goals/9 points in 6 games in the playoffs. He's looking like one of the best #2 centers in the league, that's certainly worth a lot.

Kane is amazingly talented offensively, but he's also a bit undersized, plays fairly poor defense, is a bit of a headache/dbag off the ice and in the lockerroom, and generally has nowhere close to the intangibles that Staal has. Chicago fans should understand this, Kane has more offensive talent than Toews, but all Hawks fans seem to see Toews as more valuable to the team, or even way more valuable. I think Kane's a bit more valuable than Jordan Staal overall, but not WAY more valuable, Staal is an excellent young 2-way center.

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