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02-12-2013, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by dahrougem2 View Post
You might also want to re-check who exactly is in the top 9 right now. Rather than:

Landeskog/O'Reilly/Downie
McGinn/Duchene/Parenteau
Hejduk/Stastny/Jones

we have:

McGinn/Duchene/Parenteau
Palushaj/Stastny/Jones
McLeod/Sgarbossa/Hejduk

Like I stated, when healthy, this team can score, they've proven it in the past. Those who are doubting what guys like Downie and McGinn did last season, why? Downie has proven to be a 40 point player while playing a very physical brand of hockey, he's done it twice already once in Tampa Bay and once here. McGinn is more of a doubt than Downie but from what I see out of McGinn I think he can be a consistent 20 goal scorer for this team, especially if playing in the top 6 I see him hitting 25/season. He's got an amazing shot, is a great skater and hits everything that moves; very similar to Downie. I don't doubt for one second that it was a hot streak last season that these two were on but at the same time, Downie found chemistry with O'Reilly and Landeskog and 3 players with chemistry is better than 3 players playing individually.

Parenteau is a 1st line winger, lets not kid ourselves here. He may not be the "flashy" 1st line winger, but he put up 53 points in his first full season, 67 in his next season and if it were an 82 game season this year he'd be on pace for 75 points, that is 1st line material in my eyes.

This team just needs to be given freedom on offense, not be forced to play Sacco's dump and chase grind it out style, because that doesn't suit this team yet he hasn't figured it out in this his 4th season.

Also, why would the Rangers decline? Stastny would look great on that 2nd line, and they'd have a lot of cap space seeing as how the 8.1 million owed to Redden and Drury is off the books next season. Yes McDonagh is a fantastic player and Del Zotto is a very good top 4 defenseman, but its a top 5 pick, potentially top 3 and heck, maybe even 1st overall if we continue on this path + a 2nd line centre for a top pairing d-man, a top 4 d-man, and a depth player.

I get it, people are not fans of trading picks that high and its basically a sure thing that guys like Jones, MacKinnon and Drouin develop into stars but I want this team to be better on the back end. As long as we have Hejda, O'Byrne, O'Brien, Zanon, Barrie etc all playing heavy minutes this team is going to suck
I think you are way off. Look around. Who are we going up against?
Our division?
MIN: Parise, Heatley, Koivu, (Granlund, Coyle soon) + a decent blueline in the future
VAN: Sedin, Sedin, Kesler, + good blueline
EDM: Eberle, Yakupov, RNH, Hall, (Hemsky)
CGY: Iggy, Sven, Ok they suck

Other contenders in the West?
CHI: Kane, Toews, Hossa, Sharp + very good blueline
LAK (ya they suck right now but still): Kopitar, Carter, Richards + a great blueline
ANA: Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan, Selanne + potential great blueline
SJS : Marleau, Thornton, Couture, + great blueline

COL:? Duchene, maybe Landeskog,.....
who else deserves to be or will/could be in this kind of discussion in the future??
PAP? Not really, McGinn? Haha, no. Jones? Certainly not.
Any of our prospects? Nope. ROR? Unlikely and certainly not with the Avs. Same goes for Stastny.
So we have at best two guys with that kind of top tier (gamebreaking) offense. And our blueline still sucks beyond belief.
We are lacking top tier talent on the front and back.
We have depth on the wing but no "star" talent.

McDonagh is worth the 3rd pick (assuming Jones and MacKinnon are gone because Drouin is more of a questionmark) and certainly the Rangers would decline because they want to contend and McDonagh is a huge huge piece.
Stastny for DelZotto is arguably fair but when you look at the capsituation of the Rangers it is a no.
Adding Kreider swings it to absolute no for the Rangers.

Avs are 2 top 5 picks and a complete organisational cleanout (from Lacroix to Sacco) (and a deal with devil about stopping injuries) away from having a very bright future (with the chance for a Cup) ahead of them.


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