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01-26-2007, 11:59 AM
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we think that he has franchise level talent because we've [B]watched[B] him play, as apposed to making a judgement based on a stats sheet.
Nobody said the guy doesn't have worts, he does have defensive issues and he's not the most physical player. But how many of the current elite offensive players in this league would that description have applied to when they where 22. Especially some of the highly skilled europeans (I don't meen to ver generalize, because I know that this doesn't apply to all european players, but there is some truth in the statement.)
and speaking of stats, 27 goals and 54 points is quite respectable for a 21 year old playing on a crappy team.
save it. I watch as much hockey as anyone. I play as much as anyone.
Im not going to get into details, but youre barking up the wrong tree there, champ.
Anyway, back on topic after addressing that stupid ****...
a few pretty breakaways doesnt make franchise talent. I've probably watched somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 complete cbj games in the last two seasons, and I have no reason to think that he possess "Franchise Talent" I mean, you didnt even bother to read his RP scouting report apparently. He is nowhere near the player of the caliber of Max for instance (if were going to lump together Ukranians and Russians like RP does). Not even close. If he really had that amazing sort of talent level, and if Doug Mclean thought 54 points last season was evidence, he wouldn't have had to hold out for that contract, it would have been offered on a pillow. In fact, he probably would have been signed for more dough through 09-10.
I mean, what this team totally needs is another euro-ego, and we should definitely trade a bunch of prospects to get it. Fact is, he got his deal becase Doug Mac's hands were tied, fans couldnt understand why the deal couldnt get done sooner, and because CBJ's farm system is like a blackhole right now.
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