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05-30-2012, 01:26 PM
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Brown was a late birthdate, and all 3 players played in the OHL for 3 seasons. Both Brown and Clifford were in the final year of the NHL or CHL dilemna when they made the jump. Simmonds, however, could have been sent to Manchester.
The point remains the same, though. Simmonds and Clifford are the closest comparisons to Brown under Lombardi's watch, all 3 played 3 OHL seasons, and Brown had done more than either of them in the OHL at that point.
To me it's irrelevant if Brown is a late birthdate or if they all played three seasons. Kids develop at a different rate. Brown was a 1st round pick -and the argument can be made that he fell since he was the 2nd rated NA skater by CSB- while Simmonds and Clifford were bypassed at 18. Yet Brown clearly wasn't ready for the NHL at 18, while Clifford and Simmonds were more than ready just one year after being drafted. The amount of development a player can make in one year is huge. DL recognized that, DT didn't.
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