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09-04-2010, 06:39 PM
eco's bones
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Originally Posted by Radek27 View Post
Why are guys like Dupont, Byers, and Sauer on the list? They are never gonna see the NHL, atleast not with this team. The fact they are still on the list, as hi as they are tells me this prospect list is weak. Not the order we made, but the players on it.
Not everybody develops at the same pace and sometimes the player is ready but the opening isn't there. The Rangers have a habit of filling all possible holes with journeymen NHL'ers. There's is also the X factor. Sauer for instance was close 3 years ago but has been set back by numerous injuries. The same could be said for Valentenko--it's just that he's been in Europe and for most here out of sight. Byers wrecked his knee early in 08-09 and missed almost the entire season which hurt his chances last year.

Anyway prospects by age at start of coming season. Another way to look at them:

18-McIlrath, Thomas.
19-Kreider, Werek, Bourque, Horak, Yogan, Fasth, Maggio, Stajcer.
20-Stepan, Grachev, Kundratek, Niemi, McNaught, Wilson.
21-McDonagh, Pashnin, Klassen, Hobbs.
22-Weise, Hagelin, Kveton, Williams, Baldwin, Campbell, Dowzak, McCue (we missed him too), Didomete, Chappell.
23-Zuccarello Aasen, Sauer, Valentenko, Dupont, Soryal, Talbot.
24-Johnson, Byers.

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