Steve Downie a clear offensive upgrade over Max Talbot
Put very simply, Steve Downie is an offensive upgrade.
Or, as Eric puts it on Twitter, the Flyers just acquired a guy who's averaged 42 points per 82 games for a guy averaging 24 points per 82 games during his career, and Talbot's seen more ice time per game. Upgrade.
More than this, though, Downie has proven he can play top-6 minutes. That's not to say he will play them all the time in Philadelphia, but he absolutely can. He's played this season with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly, and in the past he's played with Steven Stamkos. Maybe that plays a role in the fact that he's scoring at a much higher rate than Talbot, but he's seen those opportunities in the past and he's taken advantage of them.
Wouldn't be shocked if Downie's on Claude Giroux's wing on Friday night against the Capitals.
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