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06-25-2013, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Rob Paxon View Post
That's way to absolute. Yes, centers and defensemen are generally more important. A winger can be one of your most important core pieces. Hell, Kane's not physical or exceptional defensively yet I'd say he's very much part of Chicago's 2 cup-winning core.

Whether or not something qualifies as a "franchise player" I won't get into it because it's vague and kind of a meaningless thing really, but wingers are important core pieces on most successful and unsuccessful teams. For a team in Buffalo that, if Vanek is traded as we both support, has precisely 2 dynamic wingers in its entire system (Ennis on the roster and Armia as a completely unproven prospect), adding another dynamic winger will become necessary in all likelihood.

As you possibly recall I'm not high on picking Nichushkin, but if he pans out he'd be an important part of a team.
I'm not saying elite wingers don't have value... they just aren't the building blocks (toews, keith, seabrook)

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