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08-10-2004, 09:38 PM
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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Miettinen was given every chance to earn a job last season and he couldn't, so I'm not convinced he'll get there this season
, but Ott could play. It would make no sense to play Turgeon on a checking unit. He'll be on the top two lines, I'm sure of it.
Even Miettenen was never considered much better than a role player by many scouts, but it seems some Stars fans got an inflated opinion about him because there's no one else in the system. He's not going to be a regular top-six forward in this league.
Tell me what the Stars have done with any of their early picks. Then look at Detroit, New Jersey, or Colorado for example. You don't hear them using the excuses because they pick players who can play. Dallas has poor scouting, particularly in North America.
I'm not pushing it, the fact is I just don't trust Dallas' scouting staff, nor do I buy into the hype that a lot of desperate Stars fans have created to label character role potential players top six forwards. A duck is a duck.
Miettinens 1st season in NA went much like Kapanen's 1st NA season..impressed enough to make the team, struggled, and then had a solid season on a bad AHL year...Im expecting Miettinen to have a similar season that Kapanen had in his real rookie season, with Miettinen scoring more goals and probably 5 or so fewer points. Im just wondering what scouts said Miettinen wont ever be more than a role player? The reports I heard on him when he was in Finland was that he is very similar to Lehtinen, with more offensive talent and not the same defensive skill as Jere. Who exactly have Detroit drafted 25th overall or later in the 1st round that has become anything? Colorado hasnt been picking that late frequently(Tanguay 12th overall)...but they have blown it with guys like Scott Parker at 20th overall. Again, we arent labeling anyone top 6 forwards who dont deserve it...guys like Eriksson, Miettinen, and Polak all have top 6 upside, with Polak having probably the highest upside of all(although chances are he'll never reach it).
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