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04-14-2013, 05:22 PM
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Celtic Note
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Originally Posted by TheOrganist View Post
We've invested a lot of time into watching all of these players grow from raw rookies to seasoned NHLers. It's understandable that some are hesitant to admit that we have a very mediocre crop of offensive talent. We don't have the luxury of putting a rookie like Tarasenko with Toews and Hossa to insulate him during his formative years.
It seems like you are saying one thing, yet providing thoughts for another argument.

We have many above average players, so I disagree that we have mediocre talent. Our team is one of the deepest in the entire league.

I do however agree that we lack top end offensive talent. We have no Kane, Toews, or Hossa type catalysts. We have two guys with the raw talent to be those kinds of players, but lack the hockey sense, vision, and consistency to reach those levels (Perron & Stewart). We also have two players with the potential to get close to those levels (Schwartz and Tarasenko), but they are a ways off before we can even determine if they will get close to reaching that potential. Then we have guys who are a cut below those types of players in Backes, Oshie, Steen, and Berglund.

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