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11-29-2003, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by HokEGoalie
We are 20-25 games into each prospects(Fussey/Wellwood) rookie AHL season, yes Wellwood is looking better so far(on a better team).Then again we are only 20-25 games in.Nothing has truely stood out for either player, so personally, I'll take the player taken 100+ spots higher.
St. Johns is marginally better than Portland in the standings. 23 pts in 23 games, to 17 points in 21 games. So that point is granted.

However; Wellwood is 7th overall in scoring in the entire AHL and is leading the AHL is assists. He is also the rookie scoring leader. You're right, nothing has REALLY stood out for Wellwood. Fussey meanwhile is 248th in scoring currently.

Wellwood has also had a much better junior career (named to the Canadian WJC team for instance).

The reason Wellwood fell was because of his size - people were not sure how that would adjust to the pro game. He is adjusting more than well in the AHL (granted it is only 20 or so games in).

The point I take contention with, is that you can't use player's draft positions to determine their full value. You categorized Fussey as a potential second/third liner and then dismiss the Leaf prospects as "marginal" and then use the draft position as the only basis.

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