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07-15-2011, 05:04 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
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No way is Hickey a bust!
I just think some people have an unrealistic expectations when it comes to player development. Not everyone's going to be NHL ready coming out of juniors. Hickey, Voynov and even Teubert (I know he's no longer a king) should all develop into a solid dman.
I agree. And Boston was going to move up and take him. You can look at every draft with 20/20 hindsight, but Hickey's career is far from over yet.
If he doesn't wind up playing for the Kings, they should be able to get at least something for him. I would like to see him get his shot, but we have a crazy amount of depth. If he flourishes elsewhere, I expect there will be some gnashing of teeth.
On a related note: I remember a lot of people being down on Martinez before this season began, too. He was sent back to Manchester, and was cut before Hickey and Muzzin at camp. His first call-up to the Kings made almost everyone write him off; his second call-up made people into believers. He worked hard to get a second shot, and it paid off.
A lot of things can happen.
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