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01-21-2013, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Pacioretty is not an elite talent, but great teams around the league often have players like Pacioretty.

e.g.

Pittsburgh has James Neal
LA has Dustin Brown
Philadelphia has Wayne Simmonds
Detroit has Johan Franzen
Boston Bruins have Milan Lucic
New York has Rick Nash
Vancouver now has Zach Kassian

i.e. a winger with enough size to go into dirty areas and to chip in a large number of goals and to take pressure off the rest of the line.

Pacioretty does not stand out from the names listed above, he isn't better, but he's comparable to what those elite teams have in a key position, and thus he is a good ingredient imo.
That's how I see him. A good player who can score some goals and play on the first line or help carry the 2nd. He's not a cornerstone player but he's good.

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