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01-24-2012, 10:27 PM
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Bust is definitely the best way to describe Thomas Hickey.

We're not talking about a player who at the age of 18 was viewed as a long term project coming out of some tier 3 swedish league where he's not getting the best development.

We're talking about a guy coming from the WHL (which is problably alongside the OHL in having the quickest development path to the NHL), which means he had the luxury of being basically a pro hockey player since 16. This a guy who dominated at the age of 18 to a great enough extent that he was drafted 7th overall. Almost 5 years later, the improvement in his game is insignificant, and if a guy can't develop in the 18-23 years, chances are he's not going to get much better either.

In fact, if you look throughout history at the OHL and WHL, I believe you'd have to go a long way back to find a guy drafted in the first 2 rounds of the NHL draft (nevermind top 10), who didn't see NHL ice in the first 4 seasons after being drafted, who went on to a NHL career.

I'm sure Hickey will get a chance in the league at some point, but he's problably not going to have a very long career in it.

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