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02-24-2013, 03:05 AM
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As for the comparisons to Poni.... while it's an interesting comparison, I don't think it's quite accurate. I think most recognize that Poni (much like TK the other year when Sid and Geno were out) simply produced because he was playing top line minutes on a weak team. But it does show that not everyone who puts up a few numbers fetches a huge return.
So while I do believe that Ryder will fetch at least a 2nd and a prospect, I don't think it'll be much more than a mid level prospect, the main part of the return would be the 2nd. I don't see someone giving up a 1st in this draft for Ryder.
Look at the last few trade deadlines. Other than Hossa & Kovy (stars) and Gausted (crazy trade), when was the last 1st rounder moved? Penner for a 1st and prospect in 10/11. The next time it happened? 2006/07 in 2 trades - Bill Guerin and Ryan Smyth. Both of whom were stars at the time. My point is most GMs are not freely handing out 1sts for inconsistent 2nd line wingers.
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