Hiishawk's 40 1st round candidates (for what it's worth)
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05-22-2010, 11:21 AM
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Weal should be on this list, he is same size and just as good as Granlund and Schwartz. This kid just keeps getting underrated. Weal is the best skater of the three, the best defensively and has put up equal numbers???? Weal has as good of vision and smarts and anyone in the draft and probably one of the highest compete levels in the draft. People seem to put way too much negative weight on him playing with Eberle when it should be a positive. ie Kane and Gagner, Ovi and Backstrum.
Pretty much every one of your 12 posts on this board is to defend Weal. He is no doubt a good scorer, but it's not just these boards who rate him much lower than Schwartz and other similarly skilled players. The fact is that eventhe professional publications that cover draft prospect have him rated lower than these players and I can't think of any that inlcude Weal in their first round projections.
Perhaps Weal will end up being the better player, but right now, it seems unanimous that the scouts don't feel he is a first round calibre prospect. Numbers are only one part of the equation. It's not just the readers of this board that feel that way.
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