Thread: Value of: 2013 1st Overall Pick
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10-24-2012, 02:03 AM
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Originally Posted by molsonoilers View Post
The Center the Oilers need is Barkov. If the Oilers are picking 1st they have to trade down or trade up if they are lower than third.
Barkov is a large center showing off his tremendous talent in the SML, dominating other MEN in the face-off circle and in front of the net at 18. You do not get that presence from Nathan Mackinnon, who is a phenomenal athlete, no matter what you do. Get another version of elite skill in a big man.
Think about it this way: Would you like to attack an opponent in the same manner over an over again (and be regularly successful because we'd be damn good at it) or attack in a variety of ways complicating defensive responsibility. It is tactically important to have a varied attack. If we have three VERY GOOD NHL players in Hall, Yakupov and Mackinnon that attack in relatively the same manner and play a similar style we are hampering ourselves.
I have no problems taking Barkov if Nathan MacKinnon is not there.

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