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09-04-2013, 07:57 PM
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Backlund scored at a .5PPG pace last season despite averaging 3rd line minutes on a dreadful team and dealing with injury.
I'm not going to argue with you about Kadri, as he had an unbelievable season. However, Backlund is already scoring at a much higher pace than McClemant. He outscored Bolland last year. He's also just behind Bozak's pace, despite getting far fewer minutes/opportunities.
Him having no chance of developing into a better player than someone like McClemant is absurd. He's already better.
I'm sorry, but I take McClement over Backlund at the moment. My opinion would change is Backlund puts up 50 points this season, but McClement is a premiere defensive forward in the league and the sole reason why the Leafs were a top penalty killing team last season. He's definitely a top 5 PK'er in the league, can put up 30 points a year and will play 80 games a season. Players like this don't grow on trees.
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