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11-19-2012, 10:36 PM
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I responded to a list that stated...
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?
Your argument that Eberle has not proven himself as a top 10 winger is very flawed.
I'm assuming the help that you are talking about happens to be Hall and RNH, none of which played more than 62 games. it should also be noted that RNH and Eberle did not play on the same line for much of the year. I guess you are telling me that the help happens to be Gagner (RIGGHTT). I should also state that Ebs really picked up his game when Hall and RNH were on the mend. He was Edmonton's only offensive threat. He would consistently be going against the opposing team's top pairing D.
It's also important for you to know that Eberle had the 2nd best pts per TOI as a winger. Clearly, his stats last year showed us that he is one of the top wingers in the game. His numbers don't lie.
What's funny is that you're argument is based solely on speculation. As a pure sniper, having proved over and over again that he has sick hands, how can you say, without hesitation, that he cannot sustain his shooting percentage. Perhaps, with more playing time, better teammates, and more experience, one could make an argument that he can consistently be in the 80-90pt range.
Conversely, can you give me one stat of OEL to show me that he is a top 30 D in this league?
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