Thread: Prospect Info: Oilerrrr I Mean Barons '12-13 Thread
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09-24-2012, 02:26 PM
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One thing to remember about the AHL is that there is still usually a pretty wide gap between new pro players and veterans, even when you're talking about top prospects. In example, most of the Barons best players since they started (Giroux, McDonald, Moran, Keller, Green) were older vets. Younger guys, even talented ones (Harski, Plante, Teubert, Pitlick, etc) take quite a while to really get up to speed, and even then they are usually not as good. It is similar for most AHL teams: the best players are almost always in the 25-30 age range.

I should add that Norfolk last year was a bit of an exception (their best players were mostly 21-22) but even in that case only one was considered a real high-ceiling prospect. They just got amazing production from a handful of super-talented but undersized guys.

In any case that's why guys like Eberle and RNH are so exciting...they've already experienced an even higher level and excelled at it. They're practically veterans already despite their youth.

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