Ryan O'Reilly : Money-Money-Money-Money...Mo-ney!! Thread #6
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02-26-2013, 01:13 PM
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Was Ryan Kesler? Personally I feel Kesler could be a #1 guy on half a dozen teams in the NHL.
RoR was essentially a PPG guy in the OHL as a 17-18 year old before he was drafted. Had he been sent back, it's very likely he would have improved on the 66 pts in 68 gp he put up that season.
What about Patrice Bergeron? He put up 73 pts in 70 gp when he was a 17-18 year before being drafted, then made the NHL. Sounds familiar.
I'm not saying he's going to put up 80-90 points but I don't think 70 is out of the question. To be quite honest, I would take the guy who plays the game the way RoR and Bergeron do AND put up 65-70 points per year than the guy who just plays offence and puts up 90....but that's just me, I guess.
Bergeron hasn't put up 65+ since 06-07 when the NHL was a higher scoring league. IMO Bergeron now is the most comparable player to ROR's potential. An elite #2c with elite defense. The problem is that ROR hasn't proven he can even play at that level yet, but he expects to be paid like it. If he came back next season and put up 60 points, then he would be worth every dollar he is asking for, but if he only scores 45-50, he is worth the 3.5m the Avs are offering.
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