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12-17-2012, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Oi'll say! View Post
Yakupov is just a bit ahead of Schultz on the curve. Schultz right now is almost exactly the same age as Gagner was at the start of last season.

If you took a 22 year old SG and threw him on this OKC team with this year's version of Eberle, Hall, RNH he'd probably be lighting it up too. How many points did Gagner have in the nhl last year when he played with Hall and Eberle?
Schultz is a defenseman! By the argument you seem to be implying one would conclude that if Schultz had 45 points as a rookie in the NHL then that would somehow put him on the same level as Gagner. What he has done so far in the AHL is stunning. But more than that, his projected role on the Oilers is as the #1 option on the point on the the pp. He has almost no serious competition for this role on the big team right now. His game may not translate to the NHL but you can bet he will be given every opportunity to show what he has.

Gagner is at best the #5 forward in terms of his place on the depth chart. If the Oilers could keep only one of Gagner or Schultz right nw do you really think the decision would be tough?

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