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08-09-2012, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by txomisc View Post
I'd like to know peoples reasoning for Shore over Winther.
I'll try to give you my thinking on that. Obviously the margin, if any, between them is very small.

First of all, they were only taken 7 spots apart, which is basically nothing. So you can't say "Well, how could you put this guy ahead of the other when he was drafted after". It makes sense that Winther would be selected first as he was coming out of one of the most heavily scouted leagues in the world whereas Shore was more obscure with quality of competition questions surrounding him.

Winther's standout quality is his speed. Shore's is his upper-tier hockey sense, which was described as possibly being one of the best in the entire draft. Skating is nice and all, but I'll take the guy with the advanced feel for the game with the puck on his stick. There's talk that Winther might need to move off the center position going forward. I haven't heard anything about that regarding Shore. If that indeed happens Shore becomes the more valuable prospect even if you consider them equal otherwise.

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