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02-10-2013, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by DuckEatinShark View Post
Ew. Burns is going nowhere, and if he was being shopped, it wouldn't be for another center. It'll be for a top 20 winger.
Ew? I think you're underrating Ryan O'Reilly.

"Turning to history to help plot his career path, the list of the most statistically comparable players at his age actually include Mark Messier and Joe Thornton. The closest match is probably Troy Murray, a strong defensive-minded, penalty-killing, playmaking, faceoff-winning forward for the Chicago Blackhawks throughout the 1980s, who won the 1996 Stanley Cup with the Avs in the twilight of his career. Murray, who was far more physical and had a much better shot, won the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive player at age 23, something we wouldn't be surprised to see matched by O'Reilly."

http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/arti...articleid=1423

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