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12-16-2012, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by notloilersfan View Post
This purely hypothetical (and if any Blues homers decide to come on and read this, please don't say 'this would never happen' because I don't care. I'm asking for value from Oilers fans).

Say St. Louis for whatever reason offered Pietrangelo for Yakupov. Would you take it?

I personally would. I think what is happening in OKC is evidence as of why. Even with a far more elite offense, they are doing worse than last year because they have a D-core that is less experienced. (Bringing up again, the value of having a steady D-core.)
I think a D group of:

Pietrangelo
J. Schultz
Smid
Petry
N. Schultz
Klefbom
Peckham

going forward would be one of the best groups in the NHL and guarantee us playoffs every year, while still leaving us a very elite top line, and just some secondary scoring and grit holes to fill
Relative to their respective leagues:
Our NHL D is >>> our AHL D
Our NHL secondary scoring is >>> our AHL secondary scoring
Our NHL PK is >>> our AHL PK
Our NHL goaltending is > our AHL Goaltending
Our NHL PP is > our AHL PP

Smid-Petry
N. Schultz-J. Schultz
Whitney-?

is most definitely better than

Deck-J. Schultz
Fedun-Teubert
Marincin-Plante/Henry

The AHL's top pairing is better than the NHL's version, however the 2nd and 3rd pairings are much greater at the NHL level.

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