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03-04-2012, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by hockeyfan2k11 View Post
Why do people say this as if they have the ability to see into the future. Frankly we don't know if they will get better, and if they do, we don't know how much better they will get. I heard the same about Higgins, Lapierre, Latendresse, AK, etc...
because some people have an understanding of athletic development


nothing is a given, and certainly some talented young athletes can/do "fall of the map".


but consider your own examples...

all 3 did infact improve greatly from when they were 22 (Eller's age).

its also somewhat telling that the 3 examples you used, while they did improve, saw their progression as athletes negatively impacted by attitude/behaviour/maturity issues.

Both Eller and Desharnais are, from every possible indication, extremmely professional in their approach to their careers, both on and off the ice. That kind of maturity is a huge factor in positive dedvelopment.

to suggest that it is more reasonable to expect neither player to improve than the opposite, is, imo, revealing of a very poor understanding of how athletes develop/progress, and of what attributes/personality traits are most directly tied to positive development.

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