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07-01-2011, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Hellion View Post
Nope, he is still 23
They don't play games in summertime. MZA will be 24 at the start of the season. Sheeesh...

My objection was specifically to the argument that MZA is the better prospect because MZA is playing in the NHL & McIlrath isn't.

The point is MZA was born in 1987 & McIlrath was born in 1992. Four & a half years difference in age or five, the point is the same. MZA's upside is now (meaning that if he's ever going to be ready for NHL duty as a top 6 forward, it has to start in 2011-12. ) If he doesn't win a top 6 spot on the roster, it's unlikely he'll contribute on a NHL checking line. And a 24 year old playing in the minors isn't a huge prospect.

McIlrath's upside may be 3 years from now, when he's 22. If he's not playing regularly in the NHL at that time, then I'll start to worry.

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