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What is Dustin Byfuglien Worth?

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05-22-2008, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by massivegoonery View Post
I think "attitude problems" is just a euphemism for being black.
Originally Posted by agentdouble0zero View Post
Really? You went there? If someone alluded to him not being too bright would you pull the same stunt?

"...but academic ineligibility kept him off the high school team..."

Not being smart is an attitude problem? I think you are right, goon.

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05-22-2008, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by salty justice View Post
Not being smart is an attitude problem? I think you are right, goon.
No my point being to pass of his attitude problems as perceived racism without any proof is just as wrong as saying he isn't too bright because he is black. He was drafted in the 8th round because of some issues...were the scouts racist as well?

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05-22-2008, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by fullmetalninja View Post
I can perfectly understand not liking Byfuglien (or whatever). But I'm not sure how someone can claim they don't know what others see in him.

Let's see:

Bigger than Bertuzzi? Check
Extremely good hands around the net, and carrying the puck? Check
A wall in front of the net? check
Good Mobility? Check
Probably a top 10 slap shot in the league? Check

You have a kid that has a very unique skill set. There are legit questions as to whether or not he'll ever realize those skills, or if he does whether or not he'll maintain a high level of play.

But man, there is a lot to look at and like...

I don't think anyone will know how good of a Forward he can be. He just hasn't played enough at that position. But there were many games where he flat out dominated while learning the position.

I think a lot of people fail to realize this. If he stayed on defense, he may never have been more than a PP specialist. On the wing, he has a chance to be a permier power forward.

He's a unique talent and he could end up with a Bertuzzi-like career minus the problems and perhaps more longevity if he develops properly. His rookie year was a very promising start, especially considering he was in transition. He deserves a couple of years to adjust in the meantime.

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