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02-12-2013, 04:11 PM
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Wheatking
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People say they would have been a lot better with Vanek but it's tough to say. Keep in mind that the Oilers also wouldn't have had Dustin Penner.

2007-08
Penner: 82 games- 23 goals and 47 points
Vanek: 82 games- 36 goals and 64 points

- The Oilers finished 9th in the conference. Just 3 points out of the playoffs. With Vanek they likely make the playoffs. That means the Oilers pick isn't at 12th overall. So there is a chance that the Sabres don't end up with Tyer Myers.

2008-09
Penner: 78 games- 17 goals and 37 points
Vanek: 73 games- 40 goals and 64 points

- Vanek was a lot better than Penner this season. The Oilers finished 11th in the West. 6 points out of playoff spot. With Vanek the playoffs could have been a possibility and they definitely wouldn't have been drafting in the top 10. Probably more in the 13-20 range.

2009-10
Penner: 82 games- 32 goals and 63 points
Vanek: 71 games- 28 goals and 53 points

- Oilers were the worst team in the league by 12 points and Penner actually had a better season than Vanek. The Oilers still finish 30th, win the lottery. So the Sabres definitely end up with Hall or Seguin.

2010-11
Penner: 62 games- 21 goals and 39 points(Prorated: 80 games- 27 goals/50 points)
Vanek: 80 games- 32 goals and 73 points

- Oilers finished 30th again and were the worst team by 6 points. Vanek had a better year but Penner had almost no one to play with. Vanek probably doesn't have the same type of season he did with the Sabres considering Gagner would be his #1 center and Hemsky missed half the season. MAYBE he gets them out of the basement but I doubt it. The Sabres likely draft RNH and if not, definitely one of Landeskog, Huberdeau or Larsson.

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