Otts vs Pitts
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11-08-2012, 05:08 PM
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Honestly? Probably not. Most of those D are safe bets to be NHL contributors (Pouliot's a high risk/return coinflip, but Despres and Dumoulin are, at this point, mortal locks on a career as an NHL D).
Pretty much every winger you listed is a big fat question mark filed in the unlikely section to ever be a 25 goal scorer, which is what it's historically taken to get Pitt to move its blue chip D.
Edit: just to clarify, I'm not saying Maata, for instance, is going to have a better career than Silfverberg. I'm saying Maata's got a much better chance of ending up on a first or second pairing somewhere than Silfverberg does as a consistent 30 goal-scorer. Players that fit that description are Pittsburgh's only long-term need at forward.
Maybe you should clarify some more, because it looks like you're equating a F prospect having 25 goal potential to a D prospect just being good enough to make the NHL.
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