Tarasenko vs Landeskog
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12-02-2012, 04:59 PM
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I like it when people argue just to argue.
The list of players who played in men's league at 18 is very long and has such proven players like Johan Motin and Denis Yezhov in it. What does it has to do with being "proven"?
Landeskog is obviously more NHL proven. And not "a bit" more. Since NHL is the highest level in todays hockey, he's probably also more proven player in world of hockey. That's simple really.
Tarasenko didn't have the opportunity to play in the NHL until now. Pesky contracts! Of course Tarasenko was the runner up in ROTY voting in the 2nd best league in the world as a 17 year old.
You're right. Landeskog is more proven in the world of hockey, by a bit. In the NHL, he's much more proven. But the world of hockey, which is what was the topic of conversation when you responded, isn't limited to the NHL. So when we said a bit, referring to the world of hockey, you disagreed with something you just admitted to agreeing to. I like it when people argue just to argue.
Or we can look at it right now. There is no NHL. So Tarasenko is one of the premier players in the best league in the world. Landeskog is one of the best in the 2nd best league in Sweden. So right now, isn't it easy to say Tarasenko?
Now I love Landeskog, and I'd find it impossible to say I don't want him on the Blues. He'd fit the team to a t. But let's not pretend that Tarasenko doesn't show many of the exact same qualities that make Landeskog successful. Tarasenko is a great skater; one of the best in the preseason skates when he was here. He has a nose for the net; he scored a hattrick last year in the playoffs in under 15 minutes of ice time. He also led his team in playoff scoring getting under 15 minutes a game. Not bad. He's a leader; he captained the remarkable comeback by the Russian WJC team against Canada two years ago. He was hurt, came back, scored and had an assist. He's physical. Watch him play.
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