Thread: Value of: James Neal
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02-19-2013, 05:27 AM
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Originally Posted by CM Lundqvist View Post
Nice little twisting of the arm to make Neal's previous seasons obsolete in the argument so that yours looks better.
Neal's was a better season because it was complete, but he had only a slight edge in PPG.

Pacioretty in those two years averaged a combined .77ppg. Neal, despite having centers like Richards and Ribeiro had a combined .64ppg. Neal had 11 more points in 47 extra games played. So two players in a similar situation, at the same ages, and one is outproducing the other on a PPG basis. Suddenly Neil becomes Malkin's linemate and his PPG jumps to a point per game. People not understand the correlation here?

Well I'll explain it to you, playing with Malkin over Desharnais, improves your chances of producing at the NHL level. Remove Malkin from the equation and Pacioretty produces more. Too difficult to understand?

So no, as a Hab fan, I wouldn't trade Pacioretty for Neal. Can understand Pens fans not wanting to deal Neal for Pacioretty, since he has established nice chemistry with Malkin, but Malkin was already great without Neal and would continue being great if Neal left.

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