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03-03-2013, 05:35 PM
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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).
Not to say that the Detroit offer doesn't have value. It's just that the constant bashing of Hemsky on these boards is ridiculous. Calling him "soft" "injury-prone" and "second line player" just proves how little those people commenting have seen him play.
The oilers know what they have with Hemsky and have no reason to trade him right now.
Also, the oilers are still not that far from a playoff spot. Not saying they are guaranteed to be in, but they may surprise a few people. The western conference is very close right now.
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