It's August -- Why is Abdelkader Still Unsigned? (Signed to 4-yr deal, $1.7M per)
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08-13-2012, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by
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I'm not discounting Abdelkader as the better player. But Emmerton is better OFFENSIVELY. It's the Hudler/Filppula comparison. Flip scored more points last year, but part of it was due to more ice time, and a large portion was due to Hudler's "nerfing" on the PP.
Wrong. Actually unless he improves his faceoffs (or at least has better luck) going forward, he should be converted to wing. But he's better than the average fourth-liner and a lot of teams might use him on the third line because he's a two-way player with good puck skills and a pretty strong playmaker. If he becomes a 50+% faceoff guy, he (like Abdelkader) is instantly one of the best 4Cs in the league if ranked against the others.
That said, Emmerton's time with the Wings is very quickly running out. Same for Mursak. Both need to earn a permanent spot before Sheahan and Andersson are brought in. Nyquist, Jarnkrok, etc. aren't as much of a threat to him as they are to each other (and guys like Bertuzzi, Samuelsson, Cleary, or even Franzen) because Emmerton and Mursak are not competing for a top-six role unless they suddenly hits their expected peak - which would be a nice surprise. Probable mid-level third-liners is what we should be expecting.
Emmerton couldn't even break 40 points on the Griffins. What makes you think he is better offensively than Abdelkader? He isn't good at FOs, he isn't physical, he doesn't have a history of offensive talent at the professional level, and he hasn't proven himself defensively reliable to be a consistent PKer.
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