No they were not. Stop sucking up to him.
Drouin - Crosby - Simmonds
Kreider - Backstrom (50%) - Pavelski
Danault - Kesler - Vrbata
Beartschi - Pageau - Rust
OEL - Burns (5.25M)
Krug - Weber (50%)
Weber - Ellis
Talbot - Dell
Saad - Crosby - Simmonds
Drouin - Backstrom (50%) - Anderson, Josh
Caggiula - Kadri - Hayden
Clifford - Pageau - Vrbata
OEL - Larsson
Werenski - Hamonic
Krug - Johns
Talbot - Dell
So lets break it down..
The first line stays the same if Drouin moves up. Cancel that.
Saad is better than Kreider. And Pav is better than Anderson. Backstrom is the C. This stays even.
Drake and Dan lets say are even. Kadri is better than Kesler. Lets cancel Vrbata out.
Cliff and Bart. I would give the edge to Cliff. Cancel Pag out. Hayden is better than Rust.
Overall, for forwards, its pretty even but I have better depth.
On defense, OEL cancels each other out. Burns obvi better than Larsson. Krug cancels each other out. Werenski and Y. Weber? Lmao. Shea Weber is slow as sh*t and Hamonic did not play well last year. He'll be much better this year with a much much much better team. Thats even. Ellis and Johns, obvi Ellis.
**Remember that Ellis and Kesler are now injured so they wouldnt even be in the lineup**
I wouldnt have traded Ellis had he not been gone for 6 months. With him in my lineup, I would have the overall depth, he would have star power because of Burns and Weber. Take Ellis out of his lineup and my D corpse is better.
In net, its the same.
So tell me exactly how his team is better? The only real diff is Pavelski and Burns. My team is faster, younger, and more overall depth on the wings.