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01-22-2012, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by cska78 View Post
cosnidering the injury - yes, baring the injury - he is the projected number 1 pick and inspite of being born only in 94 - you have to justify such a high ranking, he hasn't done it even before the injury, same goes for Yakupov. Neither is ready to make a step to adult hockey as of WJC, doubt they can make a step from Juniors to the Olympic NT in two years, basically in a season and a 1/2.
I agree that neither one is ready for big-time hockey, but of the two, based on the WJC, I think that Yakupov showed a higher level of readiness to move up than Grigo. Grigo is truly a gifted offensive talent, and I hope he learns how to channel it soon, but he didn't show as well as expected in the WJC. I don't know how much the injury limited him, but he was not an offensive force at all, as he was expected to be. I expect to see him in Ufa next year.

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