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09-27-2011, 01:09 AM
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Originally Posted by oilsp1ll View Post
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.
Oh, I don't disagree about getting a sense of their on ice attitutes/aptitudes via live viewings. But while I'm not really a big stats guy, I do believe it's negligent to not take them into consideration. Like it or not, the amount of points these guys pick up this season will amount to quite a bit in terms of how they're ranked and where they're drafted.

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