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06-24-2010, 09:47 AM
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Unless I misunderstood it, I thought he was implying that other teams in our division have all these all-stars just waiting to make it to the NHL roster?
The team's future looks to - hopefully - be trending up with our up-and-comers. A team with players that have played like Stepan/Kreider/etc have is better than having a team with players that have played like Jessiman/Montoya have. Given how they've played and everything, it's probably undoubted they'll turn into effective NHLers, especially on the current Rangers roster. Can we 100% bank on them leading the NHL club and turning everything of the last 10-15 years around? I don't see how you can possibly ensure that even one of the up-and-comers will absolutely turn into a sure-fire, team leading star. I never said that these kids were terrible and that I was calling busts, I'm just saying there's next to no way to say what degree of impact they'll have.
Dubinsky was expected and pushed to be a 1st liner within the first two seasons of his NHL career, which hasn't really materialized to anything until this year with Gaby. Does this mean he was a bust? No, he's still a very effective player with a ton of upsides and growth to do. Can he turn into a real 1st liner on his own? It's very possible, but there's no way to bank on that happening; the best that can be done is hope it happens.
I think in this case you might have been reading too literally into what Bluenote wrote. However, I don't want to put words in Blue's mouth because I'm the one who could've misunderstood, hehehe. I don't think he was saying, literally, that in order for us to be trending up or to be able to classify our drafting as "amazing" we must have All-Stars on the farm. What he was implying--at least as far as I'm capable of telling--was basically what you said in your original response to him. Which is, more or less, we don't know what we have because none of the yoots are truly bonafide NHL players. As you said so yourself, they could fail just as easily. There are definitely some exciting players down there, but until they skate one shift on NHL ice there's no telling what we have.
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