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03-26-2014, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by onice View Post
Problem is Patches has never scored 35 goals in a season. Not in his minor league, college or pro career. He may or may not reach that mark this year. It's this unrealistic expectations that sends many fans declaring he's a superstar one day to he's a bum another day.

Patches has an elite shot. One of the best in the league but there are aspects of his game that are not elite and those aspects are overlooked quite often. On a Stanley Cup contender Patches is a second line winger not a first liner.

To expect Patches to be more than a 30/30 player is extremely unrealistic.
Here are the first line LW for cup contending teams currently: versteeg, steen, selanne, sheppard, gaborik, lucic, kunitz. Absolutely no issues with having pacioretty on a first line, and claiming he's a second line player is ridiculous.

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