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09-26-2011, 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by 17Kurri View Post
Many question his offensive potential, but last season he was in the same range of points (25-30) as Pouliot, Rielly, and Dumba in considerably less games.

In terms of PPG last season:

Dumba = 0.45
Pouliot = 0.45
Rielly = 0.43
Reinhart = 0.55

Reinhart probably did get some more quality ice time than the others, but that was at both ends of the ice, so he wasn't being spoon fed offensive opportunities, imo.

As for the draft, the way Pouliot has been playing since the U-18, I would not be surprised if he ends up being the first dman taken if he keeps it up. I still believe that Reinhart is the best overall/complete package dman of the four at the moment, but a lot can happen between now and the draft in June.
16-year-old WHL defensemen PPG... Could you find a worse way to communicate their actual play on the ice. You have to watch how these kids play, and more than once, to get a really good read on their defensive and offensive games. Most stats when they are that young aren't gonna tell you that much on their potential upside 9 years down the road. It's about the decisions they make under pressure, getting shots on net, making the right pass, skating it out of tough situations, etc.

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