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11-28-2011, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by saskriders View Post
Puempel is over a point per game this year
Unfortunately, that doesn't mean much these days. In the WHL, there are over 30 players currently scoring over a point-per-game pace (led, of course, by Mark Stone). In the OHL, there are over 40 over 1.00 PPG.

Does it suck for Puempel? Yeah. He's had a good year, but there's so many good young Canadians these days that even something as small as the threat of a recurring injury re-surfacing can be enough to choose one guy over the other. That's the price you pay for having the deepest pool of junior-aged players on the planet.

Also, the WJC is, for the most part, a tournament for the senior players. Rarely do 17 & 18 year olds have success, and when they do, they're usually the generationally exceptional talents. Puempel will get his chance next year.

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