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12-10-2012, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Leaf Rocket View Post
More offensive acumen IMO. Pietrangelo was taking his time due to his offense wasn't coming out as many predicted.
Don't know about that. Same age comparison (18 at "start" of the regular season):

Pietrangelo: 8 goals, 29 pts in 36 games on a conference 7th out of 10 team
Jones: 7 goals, 20 points in 26 games on a 1st place team

That's pretty similar in terms of numbers (everything considered), and Pietrangelo actually had better numbers the year before (to cover the October vs January birthday thing). The "taking his time" was at the NHL level more so than the junior level. He had 58 pts in 61 OHL games (and 12 more in 6 WJC games) around his 3 pts in 17 NHL game initiation. I think Pietrangelo is easily more skilled than Jones, but that doesn't guarantee he proves to be the more effective guy years later in hindsight. I personally wouldn't bank on Jones being better than Pietrangelo in the long term, but hey, it's possible.

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