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07-12-2011, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ReginKarlssonLehner View Post
Lolz. Filatov was rated second best forward after Stamkos in 2008 and Filatov's skill level and projection was through the roof.

Filatov racked up almost a PPG in the KHL when he was there and Tarasenko has to do more than that next year for him to be "much, much higher than Filatov."
Speed and stick skills rarely mean squat in the NHL. Tarasenko's 2-way effort, physical game, and near equal offensive skill-set place his skill-set at a much higher level if we're just looking on the surface.

Also, Tarasenko's skill-set rivaled Hall and Seguin...not bad company. And, if I remember correctly, there was a noted drop outside the top 5 in the Stamkos, Doughty, Pietrangelo year, no? It was a fantastic draft year, but I believe the aforementioned (along with Bogosian) were touted as elite talent (similar to Hall and Seguin). There wasn't much debate that those 4 players were going 1-4...

Regardless, VT hasn't played in the NHL and Filatov hasn't -yet- adapted to the more-physical game. Hopefully both players succeed.

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