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high scoring winger vs two way 55-60 point centreman
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11-09-2012, 07:21 AM
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As shown in title, which holds more value?
A high scoring winger capable of 40-40 and does little else (Kessel, Kane). Also major game breaker.
A two way centre with perpetual 30-30 and is excellent in all areas of the game.
Calling somebody a 55-60 point centre is substantially different than a perpetual 30-30 guy.... mainly because generally players have more assists than goals, and rarely do players reach a specific milestone (30-30) every year. A 30-30 centre is a guy who's regularily around 70 points.
That being said, I believe that until you get over the ~70 point threshold for the centre, the game-breaking winger is more valuable.
There lots of centres in this league who are capable of putting up anywhere from 45-65 points and being reasonably reliable defensively. The 8 or 9 goal difference you may get with a 65 point centre versus a 45 point centre can be made up elsewhere in a lineup... but losing the gamebreaking ability of the winger is generally not something that you can replace with depth.
Don't get me wrong, a 65 point two way centreman is incredibly valuable, especially in the playoffs, but you don't lose your gamebreakers to acquire one. Once you get into the ~70 point range, you start talking about gamebreaking centres like Toews & Richards, but guys like Bergeron, J. Staal, etc. just don't meet that criteria.
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