The problem with this argument is that Schultz isn't "playing alongside elite talent", he is leading them.
Tied with Eberle for lead in points, has almost twice as many goals as Taylor Hall. Oh, leads the team in +/-, too, and only has 6 PIM.
Deny all you want, but this kid's future is insanely bright, and he's twice the prospect as anyone that we've got.
Your right, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle definetly aren't on the same team as Mr.Schultz, we are just all mistaken.
Im going to have to go with King of Es here. I see Schultz, becoming a similar player to Duncan Keith. They both have similar career paths: Both drafted in the second round, both played in the BCHL, both played for a University team, and both played in the AHL because of a lockout. There's lots of obvious differences, of course, but I think Schultz will put up 60+pt seasons in his prime.
Lol at this comparison, The kid great offensively but he is nowhere near the skater Keith is nor does he have the defensive ability.
28 games played, we will see where he is, at the end of the seasons. I say he will be 4th on the team in points. Twice the prospect as anyone we have got . The kid is going to be good NHL player, but no where near your hype of him.
Finally someone with some sense.
Getting back to topic; Demitra was a good signing for us. The OP's topic is critical mistakes.
On a one off basis, MG has not been making "critical mistakes"in any one transaction. Some say loosing Schultz was such a mistake. But we were in the short straws of a lottery; missed opportunity but not mistake. I have argued that, in reality, we have been rebuilding assets rather than filling the necessary roles of a winner. MG has been rebuilding on the fly rather than fielding our best team since the SCF. That is my assessment.
Old News is amongst the most supportive of MG.
King; you appear to just enjoy the debate? Aside from having not traded Scheneider earlier, thus avoiding the Lou controversy; what is your position on MG as a GM and his moves?
I'm still interested to hear how he thinks Schultz choosing Edmonton over us was a "mistake" myself.
Right.$4 million for three goals.Outstanding value.Certainly a gross insult to everyone,including the media,I would think.
Demitra rested for 2/3rds of a full season to perform and he managed just 3 goals in his final four months of NHL reg.season play.
Everybody plays exceptionally hard for their countries.Come on.
He was massively overpaid and he was not extended.
So he was paid 4 Million for the last 28 Games alone, makes sense.
4 Million for 50+ Points in 60+ Games, that is worth it to me, and at below market value for a player with his skill. I guess if you look at his struggles in the last 28 Games then you can say he was massively overpaid.
But if you look at the big picture like you should if you are willing to make a fair judgment, you would see the signing wasn't an overpayment and wasn't a terrible signing.
As for why he wasn't extended, we didn't need him anymore, we didn't need an offensive forward like him, Raymond emerged and grabbed that spot, and we wanted to get gritter and tougher to play against on the 3rd line, that explains why we parted ways with not only him but Grabner aswell.