Thomas Hickey, a bust?
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01-26-2012, 11:59 AM
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I'll just echo what many Kings fans are saying in here.
Hickey is not a bust, but he is a certain disappointment.
Hickey was not, nor is not, worthy of a 4th overall pick. But he isn't a bust yet either. A bust would be the likes of fellow 4th overall picks Pavel Brendl, Jason Boisignore or Alex Volchkov, guys that didn't even play the equivalent of a full season in the NHL.
I'm not saying Hickey will not be a bust. He could be. But if he goes on to make the NHL next year and play 10 years as a #6 defenseman, he could easily play 600 or more NHL games. That's not a bust. Still could be a disappointment, but not a bust.
Hickey's an NHL all-star in his second full pro season and stuck behind a long depth chart of very good NHL defensemen. This upcoming training camp will be a big one for him for sure and likely give a better indication of if he's a bust or not.
Agreed, you don't. But there's a difference between being a bust and being a disappointment. A bottom six journeyman who plays in the league for 10 years isn't what you want for a 4th overall pick, but it's not a bust either.
Those are quite rational points.
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