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05-06-2012, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by JKsilverstick View Post
And has had an extra year of development.
Not really, I believe in Canada as well as most European countries youth groups are split based on birth year. Yakupov, Murray, and Hamilton are all in the same birth year, so unless one of them came to hockey late by choice, they would have had the same amount of development time.

I always thought this was an interesting part of the draft, because the draft cutoff is in september, and in a lot of youth systems the cutoff for a given age group is in January, the new year, The oldest prospects in the draft have had an extra year of development. I honestly don't know if this has an affect on how scouts look at lower tier prospects or not. It doesn't seem like something most people talk about when looking at top tier prospects.

For instance, I know when Tyler Seguin and Taylor hall were being compared, the fact that hall had an extra year in the ohl wasn't talked about very much. At least I don't remember it being talked about very much.

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