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02-01-2010, 02:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadian Guy View Post
You'd think that after Mezsaros people would be weary of calling a young defense man in his first year "franchise calibre"
Meszaros never did anything to warrant that label - anybody who called him "franchise caliber" was guilty of extreme wishful thinking. He never showed legitimate #1 upside, although there was reason to hope he could turn into a solid #2-3. Really, he never did anything particularly well - he had decent size and could show a bit of a mean streak time to time, but his mobility was below par, and in particular his offensive skills were always greatly exaggerated by the stats-obsessed like Fuhr. Half his goals were fluke wristers from the point, and his assist totals were obviously padded from playing a supporting role on a stacked PP. And no, i'm not just criticizing the guy after he's gone - I always expressed skepticism towards those hyping him up.

Karlsson couldn't be much more different. He has much higher upside because his skating and puck skills are much stronger. At the same time, he is undersized, meaning there isn't much room for error if his development doesn't go as hoped.

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