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11-19-2012, 10:06 PM
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This whole conversation is geared towards who is better now, and who has the potential to be better in the future. If you are counting solely on last years performance, one could argue that OEL isn't even in the top 30 D's. I think much of OEL's appeal is his "potential", and not what we are seeing now.
Going back to the thread, any way you slice it, Eberle has proven that he is an elite winger, worthy of a top 10 status RIGHT NOW. As a result, I would not trade Ebs for OEL right now!!!!
I responded to a list that stated...
25 players that are arguably (keyword arguably) equal to or better than OEL, in no particular order:
and pointed out that a name like Larsson does not belong on that list. I don't see how you can make any argument for Adam Larsson above OEL right now. Sure, potential factors into this, but OEL is still one of the most highly touted young defensemen in the league. It's not like he's an average prospect who is surprising.
I'd also disagree that Eberle has proven himself an elite top 10 winger. We're talking about 2 seasons here, and he clearly had some help in putting up those numbers. With a shooting percentage that is unsustainable, and soft minutes, how much room for growth is there actually in those numbers?
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