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PHI 1st (11th Overall) for Young PMD
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05-01-2013, 04:40 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
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Pretty hard for me to believe otherwise...just my opinion not stated as fact. I do think he's kind of redundant, and a decent chance he's moved imho. 11th overall seems like pretty fair value imho.
My previous post detailed why you shouldn't believe that Randy has lost faith... Jake just isn't physically mature enough to be an every day player for a coach who values defense over offense. That's not losing faith, that's Randy sending Gards a message that he needs to be physically stronger if he wants to play every day.
Gards is a great asset. 11th overall will net us another asset that is farther away from being NHL ready and I don't see any big C's (what our farm desperatly needs) projected around that spot that are locks to be top 6 players.
When Gards no longer has issues against larger forwards in the defensive zone, he'll get his chance and he'll stick.
And Reilly definitely doesn't make him redundant. There's no rule stating that you can only have a single PMD in the system. You can never have enough high end talent and Reilly will likely go through the same growing pains Gards is currently going through. I would have no problems with Dion, Jake and Morgan on the left side with shutdown/bruisers on the right 3-4 years from now when Morgan is ready to be an every day player.side
IMHO, Gards for the 11th pick is just a trade for the sake of making a trade.
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