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08-29-2012, 03:45 PM
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The Oilers defense is not so different than what you presented above. You have Whitney, Smid and N. Schultz vs Phaneuf, Gunnarsson, and Liles. Petry is the rookie who had a standout year. BUt unlike Gardiner form last year Petry is more of an alround dman with a pretty decent physical game. So right now we have both teams top four being pretty much determined.
If the Oilers want to give J. Schultz time then Franson would sit as he is not the right guy to pair Schultz with at ES.
Your assessment of Paajarvi is not accurate. The Oilers team was not strong but they had pretty solid wingers in Paajarvi's first season with Hemsky, Hall, Eberle and Penner all looking to be top 4. Paajarvi had a great preseason. He was better than either of Hall or Eberle. And he actually had a very good rookie year with 15 goals and 34 points playimng thrid line minutes with little pp time. He struggled in his second year. But by theend of the tear was playing extremely well in thge AHL. He is the most valuable asset in this deal becuase at this point his upside is certainly more than what Franson brings to the table.
Franson is at best 3rd pairing offensive dman on almost any team.
You're missing Luke Schenn from the comparison -- that's a pretty good defenceman with a pretty big name to prevent Franson from getting ice time this past year.
As for Schultz, a team can give ice time to inexperienced players all day, at some point they've gotta decide that they'd rather win games.
My assessment of Paajarvi is 100% accurate. He's an AHL player on the worst team in the league.
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