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01-25-2013, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by saskriders View Post
I never said he couldn't play the wing, however is he ahead of Zib, Stone, Michalek, Silf, Latendresse, or even a guy like Greening who demonstrated last year he can play top 6 is needed? He might be ahead of Zib and Stone, but for how long? They are 19 and 20 while Da Costa is 23. And how far off are natural wingers Noesen and Puempel?
Sorry for putting words in your mouth, but that was a logical conclusion to draw form the previous post.

Right now Da Costa is definitely outplaying Zibanejad and Stone. I don't think anyone can really argue that. He's dominating the A right meow. The others are playing well but not close to the same level. Now they do have NHL frames which will play into management's decisions, so I won't pretend like that's not an issue, but IMO Stone's skating is as much of an issue as Da Costa's size (neither big problems with their elite HIQ).

As far Greening is concerned, his 37 points on our top line with a top 5 NHL scorer is proof enough for me that he should NOT be near our top 6. I know that's not a popular opinion as there are still pie eyed optimists that see him as a future top 6 power forward, but I don't even think the guy should be on the 3rd line. Terrible hands and he's soft as a baby's arse.

Puempel is pretty far off.

Latendresse hasn't done anything to suggest he's a long term top 6 option, though I'm hopeful.

Michalek only has one year on his contract after this one

Noesen is guy I'm really hopeful for but he'll excel in a bottom 6 role to begin his career and realistically he'll need at least a year in the A.

Da Costa is not yet a luxury we can't afford.

EDIT: Oh yes. Silfverberg! There's a pretty large hole upcoming in our top 6... hoping he can adequately fill it.

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