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12-27-2012, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Oilin Toronto View Post
Perhaps he does, but I didn't include him because:
1) He will be 24 years old this year, and already in his 3rd year in AHL. At this point, he cannot be considered in the same situation as guys like Brodin or Granlund. Ask yourself, would you trade him straight up if you were offered any of the prospects in my top 15. I think your answer would be a resounding "YES".
2) He is listed as at 5' 8" and a 173 pounds. In reality, he's actually he's a lot shorter and smaller than that. Of course, you're going to argue that Granlund is small as well. The difference is that Atkinson is more than 3 years older, and has fully developed his frame. He's just not very big.
Third year in the AHL, but he has only played 82 games there up until now....lets not act like he is in his 3rd full season. In the first one he was a late season addition for 5 games......

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