Leafs need a #1 center
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02-08-2013, 11:35 AM
Join Date: Feb 2011
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Did LA have any PPG wingers? Did Detroit? Pittsburgh? Carolina? Boston?
PPG wingers, especially floaters who aren't strong defensively, don't show up as a trend when you're looking at the make-up of SC teams.
Wanna know what they did all have though? They all had somebody who has won or been nominated for the Selke. Richards, Bergeron, Toews, Staal, Datsyuk, Pahlsson, Brind'Amour. That's a pretty strong continuous trend. They also all had better centres than we had, and either a far better #1 D, better goaltending, or both.
And really, you're comparing Crosby to Kessel for the other aspects of the game? Crosby doesn't necessarily throw big hits, but he can still work the corners, go down low, crash the net, etc. And he's much better defensively than Kessel is. OH, not to mention completely outpaces him offensively as well. Really? You're comparing Kessel to Crosby?
And what exactly has Ovechkin won? Where does he come into the conversation? That's a team that gets criticized for being one-dimensional that's weak on D, relatively weak down the middle after Backstrom, and weak in goal, and how has that gone for them?
As for replacing his production. The year before he got here, we had 250 goals... The years he's been here? 214, 218, and 231....
So we've actually had HIGHER production in the previous years. Winning is a team game. Scoring goals and preventing goals is a team game. I'm not the least bit worried about replacing his production or about our longterm wingers without him in the lineup.
OK, you win. Lets trade Kessel, Phaneuf, Kadri, Frattin, JVR, Gardiner, Liles...am i missing anyone? Then we can start Scrivens in net....and if he wins, we'll call up Rynaas. That should ensure enough losses to achieve your goal...right. Then, we can start a whole team of monkeys next year and grab the golden draft pick again!!!
To Hell with winning!!! To draft high is the only goal!!!
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