The size of our front office is now ahead of the population of Lichenstein. I hope the analytics guys are able to look deeper than just numbers on players. Step one, here are the numbers, step two why does this player have these numbers.
An article that shows the Dellow argument on that issue.
To be very fair, the Oilers didn't do anything in Hall or Paajarvi's first ELC year, and Paajarvi ended up not turning out the way we wanted him to, so it's not like it was a completely wrong opinion. Neither even hit 45 points in that first year of ELC. Hall looked good, but the year on both was kind of wasted to a degree.
Smart, driven, articulate people are going to succeed regardless of whether they're actually nice to others or not.
I deal with people like this on a daily basis. Some of the best advice I've been given boils down to: "It's business, not personal. They simply don't care enough about you for it to be personal."
And there is nothing wrong with calling those people A-holes if they act like it. Also part of being smart is not being an a-hole a good deal of he time. Many don't realize this or find out right away but sooner or later they do.