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08-22-2012, 12:11 PM
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Tim Thomas

Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
A couple of thoughts after reading the past few pages, which have been highly enjoyable. Debates like this are why I keep coming back to the History board.

1) After all that has been said about St. Louis as a prospect, only in the last few posts was there a passing reference to his strange post-draft development.

Not one, but TWO organizations offered him the opportunity to prove himself on NHL ice, and sent him packing to free agency. That's TWO coaching staffs who considered that he might have NHL potential, put him on the ice against his peers, and were so unimpressed that they didn't even expect compensation for his rights.

That has to mean something, doesn't it? It's not like St. Louis was overlooked in the draft, arrived immediately in Tampa and took a normal development curve to stardom. He was a 20-30 point type of player in Calgary, which anyone would consider inadequate for a scoring winger.
The other example that gets overlooked is Tim Thomas who played with Martin St.Louis and Eric Perrin at the University of Vermont - goalie. Thomas was a late round 1994 Draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques. Took much longer than Martin St.Louis to make the NHL. But there is no "size bias" to hook onto in the case of Thomas.

Same scouts saw all three and the evaluations were accurate within the accepted norms of a drafted players expected development curve.

Eighteen years post draft it is very easy to Monday morning quarterback the draft based on delayed results.

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