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11-15-2012, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by JVReemer View Post
I think you are comparing apples to oranges. It depends on what kind of player you value more. Would you take Jordan Staal or Pat Kane? Would you take Ryan Suter or Kris Letang? They are different players, and they are appealing in different ways.

Murray: More likely to reach potential of a good top pairing defenseman. Does everything right; is almost perfectly sound with his decision making while playing. Won't break open a game, but he will quietly help you win.

Rielly: Less likely to be an impact player. Could be a great puck moving defenseman in the show. Has the ability to be a game breaker, but will just as likely end up as a second line, first PP guy. In no way is his game as rounded as Murray's, but his offensive ability is unrivalled.

Do you prefer a player who will blow things wide open, and create more chances offensively, while being adequate on defense, but not having shut down capabilities.. Or a player who will do a good job moving the puck, has the ability to shut down the opposition, but will not be a top offensive defenseman?

I give the edge to Murray because he is more likely to be the player described above, but if both reach their ceiling Rielly will have the greater impact on the game. As indicated by their HF ratings.. Rielly: 8.5C, and Murray: 8.0B.
Bang on, imo.

It depends which type of player you prefer and/or what your NHL team needs. Murray being the steady, reliable defenseman that you can throw out for 25+ minutes a game in all situations and Rielly being the 1st pairing offensive dynamo from the back end.

However, if I were building a team from scratch, I'd choose Murray because he's the type of player that can be the anchor of your D-core for 10+ seasons.

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