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02-21-2013, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
I'd say their skill is mostly on par with each other.

O'Reilly is a more efficient skater, right now is more efficient on face offs.

Because of his skating, O'Reilly is able to make more plays than Stepan would be able to get to.

All this said, I personally feel both have equal upside for slightly differing reasons. Both are high character guys.

And as far as points go, both have 60+ point upside. And are both #1-#2 centers long-term.

I would personally feel a lot more comfortable going forward with Stepan and O'Reilly as our #1 and #2 then Richards being there for the next 7 years at 33+ years old, at 6.6 million per.

O'Reilly
Stepan
Miller

Give you three two way centers. Strong down the middle.

Lindberg shows up next year and you have four. Nieves in the system gives you five.

Suddenly its a position of strength.

Losing Del Zotto wouldn't hurt the long-term strength of our defense. McDonagh, Girardi, Staal, Stralman, McIlrath, Skjei, Noreau. And who ever we bring in later. Hopefully Barrie.
Stralman is the only offensive defensiveman out of the group. A large reason we struggle in transition play through the neutral zone is because we have nobody on the back-end to make that nice breakout pass. Trading our best-passing d-man won't help.

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