FA Signings, Trade Rumors and Proposals Thread IX:
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11-04-2013, 10:59 AM
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Well, I guess a lot of what this comes down to are my views on Eberle. When I watch Eberle play, I don't see the "superstar/core" player that a lot of people here do. Of course the skill-set is obvious, but I see a player that 1) doesn't consistently compete hard, and has become
increasingly prone to tunnel vision 2) gets too much credit for putting up points against weaker teams and doesn't take enough flack for not producing against tougher teams, 3) vanishes completely and has no answer whatsoever for opponents playing him tough defensively. A few successful toe-drags and nice goals here and there aren't enough to make me consider this guy a franchise player. His production is almost entirely based on if the guys he is playing with are "on". If he is asked to be the go-to guy on a line, unless he is playing against weaker competition, he will struggle. I honestly don't see him surpassing the 76 points he had 2 years ago, unless he is riding on the coat tails of Hall and RNH.
I don't dispute that he is a much more skilled player than Wayne Simmonds, but based on the group of forwards that we have, I think that the TYPE skillset Eberle has is too redundant and that Wayne Simmonds would be more valuable to this team, based on what he brings. More points doesn't equal more valuable.
Finely someone else gets it . I been saying for a while that points in the standing and playoffs has more value then a player . I think Simmonds makes us a better team while he is not as skilled , he brings so toughness some grit and can still score . Time for Yakupov and Eberle to go and bring in some tough players that can still play . Gagner needs to go for a bigger better defensive centre man . I like all these players , but I an Oiler fan first a player fan 2nd
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