Originally Posted by blayze
That's what I assumed as well. Given the dearth of talent at LW, then a guy like Patty is ridiculously valuable if that's the case.
Oh ok - though it was the 4W, C, RW (meaning one for the others, which seemed ridiculous). I don't have the facts to back it up, but I believe that LW (on Yahoo at least given their insane eligibility) is not necessarily the most scarce position anymore.
That being said, like you I would rather a proven guy whose 64 points last season was his worst in four years and has plenty of opportunity to bounce back over a guy whose career high is 50 and is given this amount of hype due to his 'potential' linemate.
I see people's arguments about steady decline but when you score 83 points in a season it's pretty much guaranteed unless you are one of the best players in the league you will decline from there. His 12% shooting percentage is lower than his career average of 14.2 and his lowest since 07/08. No guarantees he improves but I'll take what I feel is the safer option.