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10-18-2011, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post

Many of the top scorers in the OHL, WHL and QMJHL get drafted in the late rounds (or simply go undrafted) every single year, yet guys like Milan Lucic get drafted in the 2nd round with 19 points in 62 games in the dub. Great stats in other leagues do not necessarily translate to high NHL upside, especially when comparing prospects at different ages. I really like Tarasenko, a very good prospect who I think will be a skilled, hard working, 1st line NHL winger in his prime, but he's nowhere close to Ovie as a prospect. Ovie was much bigger, more explosive, a better stick handler, better shooter, more physical, just a better hockey player with much more upside in almost every way.
I agree with pretty much all that, however I think Tarasenko has better vision and hockey sense than Ovie did at that age. His raw skills may be a step below, but if he continues to develop he could be a real threat in the NHL. I keep saying he's a poor man's Ovechkin, which I still think is true.

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