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09-11-2012, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Minnesota View Post
Jesus, 70-80 points?

That's unrealistic unless you're Erik Karlsson. Plus, Gudbranson doesn't play that much of an offensive game, does he? I'm under the impression that he plays a well-rounded, physical game. 40-50 points while playing a sound defensive game should be his peak.
Yeah, I'd say 70+ points is unrealistic, even if it's a career year.

I'm not saying he's a lock to reach this potential, but I think the best possible "upside" Gudbranson has is that of a Shea Weber, both in terms of style of play and in terms of production. Both have hard shots, both are adept at moving the puck, both skate well for guys their size, and both bring an impressive physical game. So if you're looking for a good "best case scenario if everything pans out perfectly", I think Weber is the measuring stick.

Or if you want a more modest comparison, I'd go with Brent Seabrook.

To repeat, I'm not saying Gudbranson will reach that, but IF he does max out his potential and hits his absolute ceiling, I think Weber's point totals are more along the lines of what you should expect, not 70-80 points.

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