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10-09-2012, 01:25 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Ottawa, ON
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Gardiner, as much as Leaf fans drool over him (and I do like him) hasn't been in the NHL long enough to say anything about what kind of career he will have. Give him at least a couple more seasons before anointing him as Karlsson/Doughty/etc-lite.
And Reilly is in your top 5 most valuable Leafs? He is a very nice prospect, but the kid hasn't even played a shift yet. It would be fair to call him your most valuable prospect, but let the kid play a shift or two before anointing him part of any core. He could be the next (Dman version) of Alexandre Daigle, or he could be the next Orr, you don't know yet. Calling him one of the most valuable Leafs is like Sens fans calling Silfverberg one of the most valuable Sens (even though Silf has played (briefly) in the NHL). They are still just prospects. Very, very good ones, but prospects nonetheless.
1st - I never anointed him as anything. Just pointing out that his first full season in the NHL was much better than Schenns. That may be because there are different expectations and roles for the two, but the fact remains that Gardiner was better.
2nd - The fact that he's top-5 most valuable is with consideration to trade value. He has enough potential that he's top-5 in trade value for the Leafs.
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