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03-20-2004, 07:48 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
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Park, by your logic, it would be impossible for an organization to ruin any player. Any time a player doesn't develop properly, you just turn around and say that he was overhyped or he wasn't as good as everyone thought he'd be. It must be true, after all, he's not producing anything out there.
We fail to produce players that are consistently successful as Rangers because we (a) rarely if ever put them in a significant role, (b) lose patience and trade them away, and/or (c) attempt to change them into something they're not. The sad fact of the matter is that since guys like Richter came up, the only player that has even come close to fulfilling his potential as a Ranger was York, and that's because he was pretty much a finished product when he came out of MSU. At what point do would you say that it's the system and not the individual players?
My point was that in the last 10 years - the Rangers simply have not had many good prospects. The common theme seems to be that the Rangers "hurt prospects". I would say that they don't draft well and thus, have few good prospects. They haven't given players a lot of chances - but is that because they won't or because they have no one worthy of the chance? York came out, got a chance because he deserved it. Same with Johnsson, same with Savard.
The Norstom trade was a disaster.
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