What is Richards value
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11-29-2004, 07:36 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
When I read the word "value," I expect to see a mathematically derived number at the end. We don't say "2 + 2 = potato," so why would we seek to do the same here? Why do people do this in every facet of life? Why, I ask you!?! Why?!? How many "knowns" in the world are actually derived from half-truths mixed with convensional "wisdom?" How many, I ask you!?! How many?!? What we need and GMs everywhere need is a method by which they can evaluate young players.
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Richards...is probably our best prospect, but because he isn't 6'3, he's dropped a couple of spots. I'll say this. I bet Richards becomes another Sakic type player.
I think you're on to something with your first sentence - I can't quantify it, but I'm certain Richards' stature has something to do with being picked 24th overall and not higher. I also agree that his minor (junior) performance after being drafted has been typical of many successful NHL players, size be damned. I don't
that it means he will have success in the NHL, but it is true that a percentage of NHL players who have success in juniors as 19- and 20-year-olds have had success in the NHL. I wish I could attach a number here, like X% of 19-year-old junior players who scored more than Y goals or won more than Z% of their faceoffs had NHL careers that lasted 10 years, or something like that. We could sink our teeth into that stuff, couldn't we?
You lost me completely with your comparison to Sakic. I think you should have stuck with your opening and finishing thoughts.
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