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01-31-2013, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by UnderratedBrooks44 View Post
Wow you guys are nuts. I like Niskanen but the exaggeration of his talents is over the moon right now. He's a nice defenseman. Despres probably will be too but could also be very good. Consistent two way play with 40-50 points a year is not out of reach for him.

Not that Niskanen isn't young, but likely you'll be trading with a team that needs a player coming back that will grow with their team. Despres is the guy you'll have to trade when push comes to shove if there's a viable winger out there that isn't a quick fix.
There it is. It isn't that people are overrating Despres (although he did have a fantastic junior career). It is that Niskanen is just good. His value would be very minimal. Simon on the other hand has a much higher upside. Trading him now would be foolish, but in a year, once he has proven he can play in the league, might be the time to get max value from him. That is if that is the way they decide to go.

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