Thread: Proposal: Tor - Col
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10-05-2012, 01:57 PM
Pierce Hawthorne
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Originally Posted by HockeyGuruPitka View Post
Well the lack of production could have been due to Statsny's drop off in production... No? Either argument can be made. Leafs scored 231G so i guess that would mean kessel was in on ... 36% of them

The only player in this proposal not getting enough credit is Phil Kessel. I agree that Duchene and Statsny are good players. Bozak is definitely not in the same category, however none of the Avalanche players have reached Elite status and IMO Kessel is among the Elite wingers in this league. Doesnt get much better then him.
And your overrating Kessel based on one season....
One good season doesnt make you Elite, not even close. If Paul Stastny isnt elite then neither is Kessel to be frank. Kessel has only scored over 70 points once in what 5 or 6 seasons, Stastny has done it in 3 seasons. If Kessel can repeat last seasons performance with another 70+ point season then yes he could be considered elite but not after just one eason.

And as for Stastnys drop off in production thing, its not him its his linemates. He's still scoring 20 goals a season, and he's scored between 20-24 goals in 4 of his 6 seasons, and one season he was on pace for 20 again. Its his assists that have dropped off significantly the last 2 years, and you cant get assists if the players your passing to cant score.

For example, After the trade deadline last year, in the 19 games Stastny played with McGinn on his wing, he had 14 or 15 points, which over an 82 game season would amount to 60-65 points. And that was only while he and McGinn develloped Chemistry, a full year together and things would excpect to be even better, probably in the 65-70 range.

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