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10-05-2009, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by wings5 View Post
I don't get how this is a big accomlishment he may be 17 but players like Flaake and others before him were playing in the DEL at the same age and Kuhnhackl is not dominating by any means. I know its a mens league but for being the best young talent from Germany in a long time you'd think he'd be playing in the best league in Germany or at least putting up some better stats compared to some "lesser" German prospects.
Flaake wasn't playing DEL at the same age.
At 16/17, Kühnhackl put up 0.5 PPG in a men's league, while Flaake was still playing juniors. Flaake's first DEL-season, a season in which he played only half the games and didn't get any kind of significant icetime, is the season Kühnhackl is in now. Kühnhackl could easily play the role Flaake played that season, but he prefers to actually play.

And whose stats are you even comparing him to?
There isn't a single German talent that put up any kind of comparable numbers in a men's league at a similar age in the last few years. Gogulla played juniors the year earlier and had a whopping 2 points in his draft year, Flaake played juniors the year earlier and had 1 point in his draft year. Felix Schütz didn't play in Germany in his draft year, but put up 3 points in tier-two at the same age Kühnhackl put up 21.

The only ones who actually have done something equal or better at the same age, are our three NHL-forwards, Sturm, Hecht and Goc.

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