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06-22-2012, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
What do you mean he either "has it or he doesn't". Since when does a 22 year old have to have it all put together? Is he done learning? Getting stronger? I don't understand this logic and this isn't just directed at you KJ.

I swear, this generation who had video games and has been spoiled with some players making the NHL at a very young age don't understand the normal development path for a human athlete.

Derek Stepan had 51 points as a sophomore and 22 year old. 51. A normal 1st line center has around 60. 22 years old. 51 points. 60 points to be a 1st line center. Players hit their prime around 27.

People fail to realize that being a 1st line center =/= to Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Those players are superstars. Comparing all top-line forwards and defensemen to superstars is getting old.
Just like people expect MDZ to put up 70 points a season while being a solid defender at age 21. Kid was 18th in the NHL in scoring for a defenseman at age 21. Everyone expects him to be like Karlsson or Leetch...

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