No from Boston's point of view. Lucic is too important to the Bruins and brings the level of toughness the team and city loves as well as being a 1st line winger. Best power forward in the league and only 24 years old...voted by his peers as the toughest player in the NHL and second toughest forward to play against behind only Datsyuk and ahead of skilled forwards like Oveckkin, Malkin, etc etc.
No from Boston's point of view. Lucic is too important to the Bruins and brings the level of toughness the team and city loves as well as being a 1st line winger. Best power forward in the league and only 24 years old.
Whoa whoa whoa. David Backes, Dustin Brown, and Ryan Getzlaf have something to say about that.
Not sure how some can claim Eberle is the superior player as this is an apples - oranges trade...
Looking at the last 2 years (with Lucic and Eberle each playing on top lines with Ebs getting
better PP time)....
Lucic 2010/2011 - 30G 32A 62pts in 16.35 atoi
Eberle 2010/2011 - 18G 25A 43pts in 17.41 atoi
Lucic 2011/2012 - 26G 35A 61pts in 17.02 atoi
Eberle 2011/2012 - 34G 42A 76pts in 17.36 atoi
Lets look at intangibles...
Lucic - 1 of the top power forwards in the game. Does it all above average (score, fight, hit,
intimidate). He was voted as "Toughest Player in NHL" in a 2012 NHL player poll. Every team
would kill to have a "Lucic" type player.
Eberle - 1 of the brightest young stars in the game. Excellent in every situation (5v5, PK & PP).
Has an uncanny knack for scoring big goals. Every team would kill to have an "Eberle" type player.
Stats wise, pretty even. I don't think anyone would argue that Ebs is the superior points man
(goals and assists) or that Looch is the superior physical presence. Two very good but very
Being the toughest player in the league does not equate to being the best power forward. Didn't say he wasn't in the conversation, but using this to justify it isn't very convincing in my opinion.
Toughness is a big part in being a power forward.
I don't have to convince you of anything. Lucic is the best power forward in the league, hands down regardless if you believe it or not. Nobody combines his level of toughness with skill and production to go along with the respect he gets from his peers. The next closest to the brand of old school power forward play would be Ryane Clowe.
Oh dear, I hope I didn't start the seed for multiple threads dealing Edmonton's top players. I made the original thread obviously not because I thought it would actually happen, but because I've always been intrigued when Eberle's name has been brought up in Trade Krejci threads so I wanted to get some Edmonton big 4 dialogue going.
I apologize in advance to Edmonton fans if I have caused them to now have to deal with any of this. lol.
I would personally do it but mainly because Lucic has looked incredibly lazy to me over the past 2 seasons. Numbers aside, he's changed his game and isn't nearly as mean as he used to be. I'd rather he score 10 goals and 20-30 points fewer a season and keep dominating a game physically but apparently I'm one of the very few who wants to see that. The best I've still seen from him was the 2009 playoffs, if I see that Lucic again, I wouldn't do this deal.