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12-29-2012, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by 3rdlineglory View Post
Even though they didn't develop their best three forwards, they still produced a good amount of quality forwards while being a competitive team: Callahan, Stepan, Hagelin, Anisimov, Dubinsky, Korpikoski, etc. Outside of Eberle, Oilers management shouldn't get any credit for the core Oilers forwards. If the Rangers were getting lottery picks every year they would be developing first liners too.
The Oilers have been pushing a large number of picks (not the 1st overalls) through their AHL affiliate in recent years. With how poor the seasons have been, a lot of attention is paid to those prospects. Now during the lockout Oiler fans can compare what an AHL project and a legitimate NHLer look like. To see Hall playing next to Tyler Pitlick reveals just how different the two types are.

So I don't need to watch him play, Kreider's production is not the calibre of a top line player. He might become one but he isn't right now, nor should he be expected to be one next year. So all the Calder talk can go away, Tarasenko, Granlund, MacKinnon, Schultz and Yakupov are the ones who should be in the discussion.

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