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Kings CHL and NCAA Prospect Update Thread II
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02-19-2012, 10:57 PM
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Those tapes I would love to hear.. because I have heard no such thing. Weal comes across as smug in interviews and arrogant.. Not exactly the qualities you would find in a great "team leader." I will also take the opinions of scouts from Hockey Canada, who I would assume watched him intently and decided he was indeed not good enough for a try-out, over the opinions of Scouts who are part of "scouting services" who pray on capitalizing on over-eager parents who get excited about the possibility of their 13-14 year old one day "nhl" player sons being mentioned in an online publication.
HOWEVER, that is not to say I discount your opinion completely. In fact, most of your posts are indeed very informative and spot on evaluations of certain players. So you do indeed recognize talent, but not in this case. Weal is going nowhere in pro hockey. In 3 years I will be happy to say I told you so. Agree to disagree.
Well said. I don't completely understand some of where you are coming from but fair enough. I will say though that I am not sold on Weal becoming an NHL stalwart or even making it to the bigs. I simply said that I was impressed with what I saw *this* time around (I spend a part of my season watching the WHL) and since I did I went around and asked a bunch of questions.
I was surprised to hear how well respected he was by a few of his team mates both coaches I spoke with and the scouts that I work with/speak to on a regular basis. I went and talked with Weal (for the first time in a casual setting) and found him to be a really nice kid and more than willing to spend whatever time I needed while asking him questions. Allot of up and coming players will give me some time to talk hockey but Weal did this before he knew that I had anything to do with anything.
He sure seems like a good kid but that doesn't mean that I think that he has any lock on making the NHL. I think he was impressive and has matured from this last year to this year and that his game has improved too. That was all that I said and I stick by that.
So in 3 years if he doesn't make it I won't be surprised. It is a really hard step to make the NHL heck, it is a really hard step going from Jrs to the Pro's at all.
On the no invite you and I both know that allot of very good players didn't get invited either and some of the kids that did shouldn't have so that doesn't mean much to me.
Time will tell though and if he flat out fails or has a bad rep at the next level then you will have me. If he makes it to the next level.
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