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05-30-2012, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by kingsfan View Post
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.
Simmonds had a better year than Brown did but I don't agree that Clifford played better (aside from staying healthy). Their PPG were similar, but Brown was crushing Norris winners that year. The big thing Clifford had over Brown was fighting, which isn't a big deal IMO.

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