Thread: Value of: Marc Staal to St. Louis
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12-04-2012, 09:33 PM
Kris Chreider
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Originally Posted by AP27Blues View Post
Disgusting, nice downplayer. Backes is two time 30 goal scorer while playing next to phenomenal defense but hes not that much of an upgrade over Stepan's 21 goal season.
Stepan is a playmaker, not a goal scorer. He is a lock for 50-60 points, and Backes' career high is 62 or something in one season. We can upgrade Step's outlook to 60-70 points in an 82-game season with Gaborik and a developed Hagelin/Kreider on his wings. Although he's not a defensive liability a la Semin, he's nowhere near Backes' two-way level, which is the only real big advantage Backes has. It would make no sense to have a line of three goal-scorers.

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