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11-07-2012, 01:35 AM
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Originally Posted by zeus3007 View Post
No offense, but you're crazy then. OEL is good enough that he belongs in discussions with Doughty, Karlsson and Pietrangelo in reference to the best young d-men in the league. Not even available for any of our untouchables. Yandle is very much below OEL in that regard, although still a top pair d-man. And Hanzal brings much more valuable tools to the game than Gagner does, and that would make up for the difference between Yakupov and Yandle right there.
I agree with your evaluation of OEL. There are only a limited amount of players that make me think of trading away Yakupov. Call me a homer, crazy, whatever you want, but I really believe the kid can hit 50 goals one day and be up there with RNH in terms of value and importance to the Oilers. Honestly can't remember the last time we had a player that possessed shooting ability Yakupov portrays. The thought of trading away a player that has so much potential is tough.

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