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02-12-2013, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by buntek View Post
It's funny because had O'Reilly been drafted by the Leafs, all you experts probably would have called him a bust after his first 2 seasons. Now, after a good third season, we need to move heaven and earth to get him. You want to move a guy like Gardiner, who has the potential to be a very special defenceman IMO, instead of drafting and developing our own great players...
We was loved beyond belief the first two years in Colorado.
He was an absolute fan favorite after stepping in as an 18 yr old 2nd rounder and immediately being one of the 3 best defensive forward on the Avs. He showed his offense in the first 20 games and than it kind of tailed off when he hit a wall (not surprising with his kind of linemates).
He started than to break out offensively at the end of his sophomore season.
So you are completely wrong in your assessment. I think that if ROR would have been drafted by the Leafs, you would value him at Kessel level right now ( he would have put a crapload of points next to him) ....

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