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OHL Semi Final GM #2 - London (Tinordi) @ Kitchener 7 PM ET, Sportsnet
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04-23-2012, 09:08 PM
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Tinordi will need at least two years at the AHL level because he will take most likely one year to get the feel of the size and speed of the professional game then there will be a bigger improvement in his second year of his overall game. It's still going to be another five years at the NHL level before he should start to show his peak skill set. Anything before this is would be gravy for the Canadiens and based more on his work ethic and desire.
This is the perfect cautionary tone to take with Tinordi. So many posters questioning whether he'll make the team next season, or even suggesting "he probably needs a year in the AHL"... it's just too much to hope for. I mean, anything can happen with prospect development. We've seen enough examples which bucked the trends to know that. So maybe he does step right in. But I just don't think we should set our expectation levels based on the outliers.
We have to be ready to expect that Tinordi will follow a more typical path. As with O'Byrne, Komisarek... he will most likely require AHL time. And he may well be ineffective or look out of place at times in his early seasons as well, even after serving time in the AHL. It could indeed be 5 years or more before we start to get anything resembling the player most of us are hoping for.
And... we also can't discount the possibility of him going the way of Wilkie, Bilodeau, Brad Brown.
The point of dropping names is not to make a direct comparison of one player to another, not in a complete scouting sense or breakdown of a players' skillsets or other attributes. The point is to remind posters of just how rocky the development path is, and just how hard it actually is for most players to become contributing NHLers. The specific player names are to serve as helpful reminders. Reminders of the long and rocky road, reminders that strong showings at lower levels are not guarantors of success at the next levels.
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