Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Daugaviņ (OTT) to Dinamo Riga
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09-18-2012, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Helo View Post
Daugaviņ leaving Latvia looked like he would be 1-2 liner in NHL,look at him now..
Pretty poor argument. Look at how many players project as top 6 players and don't even carve out good European careers. You can't say that it's not normal for someone's progression and potential change between 16 and 20 years old. Kaspars is playing in the NHL now in a bottom 6 role, which is much more than anyone expects from a 3rd round pick, considering most don't even make the NHL.

Europeans like to think all of their prospects are sure-things, but in reality there are probably a similar percentage of European busts to success of guys that come to NA for their development as there are any other nationality who develop at home.

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