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06-06-2012, 02:04 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Though JvR is the subject of constant scrutiny and there certainly positives to both sides of the argument to keeping or trading him, he is an asset that has yet to prove what he can do at the NHL level.
Prospects take time and JvR has shown us he can perform when healthy. 15-20-35 in his first season playing on the 3rd line and 21-19-40 in his second season playing on the third line with a shooting % hovering above league average. Before injury, he was on pace for 25-25-50. Why on earth would you move a guy performing like this at age 22, now 23?
Take Montreal for example. Pacioretty did nothing to impress anyone at the NHL level in his first 2 seasons (albeit partial). He had a putrid shooting % and less than stellar numbers. In his first "full" season (season 3), developed a shot, had a 12.5 shooting % before being sidelined by Chara. Now this year, 11-12, dude explodes for 33-32-65 in 79G playing with the 5'7" Desharnais and the above-average, just OK, Erik Cole.
JvR will do damage in the NHL and though we may get decent return (see Luke Schenn), it would be a shame to see him thrive elsewhere. Picture JvR-Giroux-Voracek in the future. Nightmare matchup against that skill/size.
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