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11-30-2012, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by marty111 View Post
Forgot Yakapov, honest mistake.

But in no way, shape or form is Whitney the same level as Phaneuf. He can't even stay healthy and it's been years since he's cracked 30 points... or Hartikenan as JVR (as you agree).
I wasnt saying Whitney=Phaneuf right now. Just staying you included Phaneuf to show his good trades. When they traded for Whitney he was healthy and a pretty good D-man.

I agree JVR has more potential and is currently better. But to this date his progression hasnt gone as according to plan and only has a career high of 40 pts. While he is higher up the ladder, Hartikanen is climbing (started as a 5th rounder) but over the next 3 years could he progress to similar levels? maybe could JVR explode and become a solid first liner? yes. For arguments sake, Cam Barker was a 3rd overall and his value was held high for a while simply because he was expected to produce like a 3rd overall. Obviously he didnt and showed that draft pedigree doesnt always equal success. On the flip side JVR has been hampered by injuries so going into next year he should be healthy and ready to play to his best abilities

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