New York Rangers continue to produce excellent prospects
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03-24-2011, 09:15 AM
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All I am saying is that if you are expecting Thomas to come in and show more potential then MZA is so far, then you are making a biiiiiig misstake.
I don't even know if MZA have less goal-scoring ability then Thomas. Zucc have a very good nose for the net. Thomas is not really more talented then him. And Zucc definitely have the better -- by a very wide margin -- better play-making ability.
The thing with Zucc is that he's a lot closer to being a finished product physically than Thomas is. Zucc's almost five years older than Thomas. Couple that with the fact that Thomas has a deadly one-timer and an NHL pedigree, and it's not hard to see why people are so excited about him. I'm not saying he's going to be this good, but Gaborik's not exactly a top-level passer either, and that didn't stop him from putting up 86 points last year. A phenomenal shot can really open things up. Nobody's saying Thomas is a sure thing, but it looks like he might,
have the potential to be a first-liner.
That's no slight against Zucc, but he doesn't appear to have that potentially elite skill. He's a very creative passer (though I wish he would shoot more), but I'm not sure he's going to be an elite one. By no means do I think he's anywhere near fully developed, but I have a hard time seeing him as a first-liner. If he manages to add the strength to stop getting knocked around so much he might be a 60 point guy.
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