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02-12-2013, 11:02 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...
Horrible assessment. He was absolutely loved by Avs fans. I doubt anyone from any fanbase would have called an 18 year old 2nd round pick making the NHL a bust. It is not like he was a top 10 pick and expected to do well. According to the linemates he played with most in his first 2 seasons were Yip, Mcleod, Tucker, and Winnik. How can you expect any offence from him playing with guys like that? Oh, and he lead the Avs in PK time as an 18 year old. Thinking he would have been called a bust is laughable.

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