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05-17-2012, 06:19 PM
Sidney the Kidney
We got Kessel?!
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Originally Posted by
Eyes of Orpik
I've never really seen any prospect in this year's draft play.
I'm sure Shero will pick a decent player at 22 and if Sissons is available and not taken by the Penguins, then he probably wasn't the best player for this team.
To me, Sissons can be a future top 6 RW or 3rd line center. He's a young leader being named captain of his WHL squad at age 17. He's a strong two way player who seems like he would fit the Pens.
The back to back 41 point seasons shouldn't be a concern, if he can convert that to the NHL, he can be a player like Staal.
EDIT: Or if he reaches his potential, he could be a player like Ryan Kesler or Mike Richards.
I'm judging and making comparisons entirely by stats alone -- but I'd be worried about him producing so little and hoping he translates into players like Staal or Mike Richards. Both those guys put up good junior numbers, with Richards actually putting up "star" numbers.
I realize points aren't the be-all, but at the same time I think they can be a reflection of how much ability a player has at a given level. A player who can only produce 41 points in junior doesn't suggest someone who'll ever put up more than 20 to 30 points in the NHL (at best).
Heck, even players who maxed out as "checkers" in the NHL put up good junior totals (ie. Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke, Max Talbot). So for a guy to put up so little concerns me about his ability to be anything more than a 3rd or 4th line player (see: Manny Malhotra's junior totals as an example). Which is fine if you're taking him with your 3rd round pick or beyond -- not so fine, IMO, if you're spending a 1st or even 2nd round pick on him.
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