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Rangers trade Rupp to Wild for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri
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02-05-2013, 01:11 AM
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Besides posts in this this thread, I don't know where Powe was ever "advertised" as essentially a Brandon Prust.
Prust is a valuable commodity in that he is a forward who combines toughness with a degree of defensive skill. Powe does not approach Prust's toughness, and Powe was -20 last year with the Wild, a +/- number which Prust has never come near. You would think Powe would be the better scorer, but Powe's career point totals are slightly lower even than Prust's.
Montreal pursued Prust with a hefty 4-year contract. Minnesota dumped Powe before they even surrendered the 2013 3rd round pick they sent to the Flyers for him. What does that tell you?
Powe may inherit Prust's role in the Penalty Kill, but he isn't Prust.
Eh, that's a mostly accurate post but a bit unfair to Powe. His +/- is a bad indication as he's actually a very good defensive player and possible better than Prust in that one regard. Playing for a bad team and not putting up many points, it's hard to have a positive +/-. He is faster than Prust and hits quite a bit, and blocks more shots. He's also not exactly small at 6'0 212lbs. He simply isn't the fighter that Prust is, nor does he bring that same FIRE, but he is plenty physical, can really skate, is a very good shot blocker and will absolutely become a mainstay on our PK almost immediately. In those regards, he has several similarities to Prust. Prust's biggest edge is really intangibles and the overall intensity he brings to the ice. Keep in mind, Prust was essentially a freebie, throw-in when we acquired him. Torts is very responsible for Prust's transformation. Powe, being a very, very Torts kind of player, could easily see a slightly increased role and some overall improvement here, if all goes well. I'm certainly not counting on him being anything more than he already is, but he will already be "Prust-like" in some regards. He just isn't that same kind of player than Prust is, overall.
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