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06-16-2013, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by wej20 View Post
Dupuis put up 59 points last year playing with Jordan Staal and Steve Sullivan. Chris Kunitz's best full season was last year with Malkin and Neal but it was only 1 goal better than his best season in Anaheim. I'd back Letang to put up 50 points on almost all the teams in the league, probably closer to 60 on the top teams.
On a whole the Pens scored 37 more goals than the Jets last season. It's not a stretch to think Letang won't be picking up as many assists on a team that just flat out scores less goals. Letang also wouldn't be adding 37 goals of offense, especially when the guy in his spot at Right-Handed D is Dustin Byfuglien who is better than or equal to Letang in offensive production.

As for the Neal argument, look at what Neal was able to do in Dallas. Did he magically just become a much better player after the trade? Jumping from a previous high of 55 points in a season to 81 points? No. He got better linemates and a system that is more catered to him, Bylsma has a lot of set plays that use Neal shooting straight off a won faceoff, for example.

When Neal is offered (not that he would be Pittsburgh needs winger in a bad way) Winnipeg has to look at the Dallas Stars James Neal point production as what they can expect. Still a great player, but he wouldn't be putting up more than a point per game in Winnipeg.

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