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09-19-2012, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by seanlinden View Post
And the underrating of Toronto prospects continue... "safe bet"... Bjugstad's never played a single professional game. That's like calling Joe Colborne a safe bet. Yes, his NCAA numbers are good, but that doesn't mean you can call him a safe bet. If he was a "safe bet" with that kind of size, he wouldn't have been passed over 18 times in the draft, and he certainly hasn't done a ton to increase his stock since then.

Bjugstad was a safe pick, in that his ultimate upside was not thought to be as high as Kadri's own. Bjugstad could still top out as a 3rd liner. Kadri is more boom/bust.

To put it plainly, I don't put much stock in Kadri's two-way game at all. If he soldifies his spot as a pro, it's as a top6 player. I don't see value in him from the bottom6. To contrast, Bjugstad does bring value to the bottom6 even if he doesn't achieve top6 status. Hence, a safer bet to establish his career in the NHL.

Bjugstad still over Kadri. That's got nothing to do with underrating TO's prospects, and everything to do with understanding the weaknesses in both, and how they can be mitigated.

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