Thread: Player Discussion: Just how good is Jake Gardiner?
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08-01-2013, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by xxreact9 View Post
Francois who? Really?

His name is francois "came-in-4th-for-norris-trophy-voting", ahead of chara, keith, weber, doughty, OEL, pietrangelo,...

I don't believe gardiner will EVER have a season that good, but I'm in agreement that he showed flashes of brilliance in the playoffs, literally controlling the games you mentioned. He has a chance to be a star, but you can't possibly be so arrogant as to say he'll ever be that close to a norris.

That being said, the trade worked well for both sides but toronto is the obvious winner. Lupul wasn't fitting, anaheim had/has a lot of top tier young D (fowler, lindholm, vatanen, sbisa, and schultz at the time), and beauchemin wasn't panning out in toronto.
Beauchemin was GARBAGE here in Toronto, and we turned him into Lupul and Gardiner, that's all that matters.

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