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11-30-2011, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
Let's try something different. Let's say we are GMs & we get to re-draft. There are two choices, one is Mark Stone with his attributes & the other choice is between one of Pageau, Prince or Petersson. All three were drafted higher than Stone, all three are better skaters than Stone, I believe & all three may be better stickhandlers or more skilled with the puck. I'm not sure if they also have a better hockey IQ than Mark & none have played in the NHL yet.

Who would you pick for your team right now Stone or one of the other three?

I would pick Stone.
It's kind of hard to compare those players. Stone would have been a top 15 pick if anyone knew he was going to progress the way he did. IMO Stone is are 2nd best forward prospect only behind Zibanejad -who is still very raw but has tremendous upside. One of the issues we have when evaluating players like Stone is that he is an anomaly. Power forward prospects are , generally speaking, North-South players that tend to lack vision and passing. They are very valuable players and when they are at their best they are like a bull in a china shop. A good power forward is physically imposing and intimidating, they drive the net hard, out muscle players for position or for the puck and tend to create havoc for goal tenders. Stone has that vision and passing that more traditional power forwards lack -to an extent Dziurzynski is very similar-. This makes Stone a very valuable prospect; he is an offensive catalyst rather than just a finisher.

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