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08-01-2012, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleach Clean View Post
No kidding, GMs value prospects. No revelation there. But in what sensible world is a prospect worth an elite NHL player right now? Did Erixon not just get traded in a package for Nash? Teams know when they deal assets like Lu, they are taking on the lesser return, not the other way around. A prospect =/= NHL player.

Bjugstad is not an NHL player. The pros get their flaws picked apart. Have to endure teams scouting their weaknesses. Have to constantly adjust. NB is a dream right now. He's the perfect, realized version of himself that fans are holding onto, and it skews values to a ridiculous degree... Soft as butter... skating issues... but no one says anything about that. Curious no? Hell, I'm sure Shawn Matthias was thought of as a future PF C hall of famer at one point. The NHL has a way of knocking expectations down. Bjugstad has yet to feel that, truly. Potential is a great thing.
It really is fascinating, the allure of a top prospect and the projection of said prospect is so easy to exceed that of a current NHL player with well documented flaws that it can become lopsided. But you don't know if it's lopsided until the league can see what said prospect actually brings to the table. This valuing of assets is pretty subjective since you can't really quantify projections in any reliable way. Teams pay steep prices to move up in drafts for players that sometimes don't ever make their club, likewise prospects and picks get moved for aging assets and outperform them in the medium term.

Canuck fans do the same thing, thinking back to the Hodgson threads with all the proposals for him and watching us declare said player untouchable. Same thing would probably happen when other teams propose deals for Kassian today.

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