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01-08-2013, 11:53 AM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Originally Posted by
Broad Street Elite
I see no mention of the age of the players in question when they did this. I assume that your 4 decades of experience would tell you that the 3 years and 8 months of development time between when Couturier did what he did at 18/19 would matter at least a little bit in comparison to what Eller did at age 21/22. No AHL time. No year at the NHL level the year before. No season at the AHL level nor cup of tea at the NHL level before that.
While I understand the overall sentiment about the trade, I would argue that the comparison of Couturier and Eller only holds water if you live in a bubble where circumstance and NHL level training/experience doesn't matter in development.
My apologies, I did not include their ages. However, I did say they were simply comparable and that Couturier was better; neither of which implies anything negative about Couturier, I believe. You still can not state with any certainty that Couturier is significantly better than Eller.
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