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03-03-2013, 05:28 PM
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What? Why would teams trade an NHL-ready blue chip guy for a soft second line winger?
Hemsky is only a 2nd line winger because of Eberle.
He's 24th in scoring among players listed at RW on NHL.com (which has LWs Ryan, Semin, and Kovalchuk listed ahead of him). Last year was the only time since the lockout where Hemsky wasn't among the top 12 RWs in the league in PPG.
That puts Hemsky on the top line of over half the teams in the NHL each and every season. And aside from last year, only once since the days of Brett Hull have the Redwings had a RW who has produced more than Hemsky (Hossa in 08/09 who had 5 more points).
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