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03-16-2009, 12:52 PM
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Barney Gumble
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Originally Posted by nuckfan in TO View Post
Ellington did put up pretty good offensive numbers in junior this year for a guy who's a defensive dman, with limited offensive potential... he could definitely be a late-bloomer... at his age, he's probably a more accomplished prospect than Bieksa was at the same age... Bieksa didn't show much offensively at the same age in the NCAA.
Bieksa was also a 5th round pick compared to a HIGH 2nd round pick (just a few picks from the 1st round) for Ellington. Much different level of expectations for either player. Of course Bieksa had flaws when he was drafted (else he wouldn't have gone so late in the draft). But I expect a player with some decent upside with the 33rd pick.

Good offensive numbers? meh. He's a man playing against mostly boys. I'd expect his numbers to noticeably increase in his final year in the WHL.

Points per game:
Bieksa:
1st year in NCAA............0.37
2nd year in NCAA...........0.375
3rd year in NCAA............0.735
4th year in NCAA............0.579

Ellington:
1st year in WHL..............0.0 (bear in mind he was only 16)
2nd year in WHL.............0.11
3rd year in WHL..............0.217
4th year in WHL..............0.292
5th year in WHL..............0.464

Not that similiar IMHO. I'm not an expert but isn't the NCAA a higher level league than the WHL?


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