Originally Posted by blayze
Disagree with this as well.
Everyone on this forum is way too high on Neal... the guy had one good year after meddling around in the ~50 point range for several seasons. I see very real downside risk to Neal's point production and if I could bet money, I'd bet the house that his point production goes down this year.
I'm sure you could bet money on it.
If I was forced to bet, I'd say it goes down too... but I wouldn't go out and make that bet.
In 1991-1992, Kevin Stevens finished 2nd in the NHL in scoring
James Neal is a better player than Kevin Stevens ever was... and Neal is in a similar situation.
These superstar playmakers (Gretzky, Lemieux, Crosby, Malkin)... they come along once every 10-20 years and any sniper lucky enough to play alongside them is going to benefit greatly.
I hear you on Neal's actual talent level... but winging it in Pittsburgh is perfect for him.
As long as he's there, he's going to be putting up Kevin Stevens like production... and that's effin up there!
There's no reason for his production to slip greatly.
James Neal = Kevin Stevens.
Tyler Seguin = Steve Yzerman.
Stevens outscored Yzerman in 1991-1992.