Thread: Proposal: S. Despres for J. Schwartz
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12-09-2012, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by The Grouch View Post
It's ridiculous to try to pidgeonhole Cole as a "defensive" defenseman at this stage in his development, especially in comparison to Despres, as the two have put up similar offensive output throughout their young careers.

Despres PPG AHL .34
Cole PPG AHL .35

Despres PPG NHL .22
Cole PPG NHL .19
Cole was also drafted two years before Despres.

Value aside, the Pens need Despres - a big, two-way defenseman who looked great in his call-ups last year - more than they need Schwartz - a very skilled but small winger who may need some time to adjust to the pros.

It's obvious that defense is our biggest problem right now. We need to move out a vet or two to make room for our young blueline talent, not trade young blueline talent for more potential offense.

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