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02-28-2013, 02:05 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Waterloo Ontario
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This is very true.
How about Eberle+Petry for Couturier+Grossman? I would think that has to be considered close to fair value.
As an Oiler fan the last few years I have spent a lot of time following top prospects because to be honest what we have to watch on the ice is not always such a pleasant sight. Couturier is a guy I have followed a lot and I think that the Flyers won big in drafting him with that pick. I also think that what Couturier was able to do defensively last year as a rookie was significant. But at this point I would say that he is not really worth Eberle.
Eberle has scored 58 goals in 165 NHL games. If you ask any Oiler fan right now they would say he is in a significant slump yet he has 6 goals in 18 games, a pace that would see him score 27 in a full year. This is significant because goal scorers are one of the most expensive assets out there.
Not that this really means everything but it is worth noting that several Canadian media outlets ran features on who would be on Team Canada in Sochi. Eberle was pretty much on every one of these lists. And not just from the media hacks but also from some pretty reputable people. Of course he may not make the team or even be invited to camp but he is on the radar of the NHL community as one of the top up and comers.
While Couturier has significant upside until he actually realises his offensive potential his value on the open market won't be as high as it might be to the Flyers. And I know he has not been placed in such a role but it is true that one of the reasons he dropped in the draft was the perception that he may not have the offensive upside that his junior numbers suggested.
So while it is certainly possible that in a couple of years from now that Couturier has reached or past Eberle, at this point I think Eberle still holds a fair bit more value. For that reason, and because I doubt that the Oilers would trade Petry for Grossman I would say that while it is far from an insult, I doubt the Oilers would see this as a fair deal from their perspective.
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