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St. Louis Blues Top Prospect #18
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09-28-2012, 12:13 AM
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You are right that speed doesn't mean points, but Ryan Johnson and Chris Porter are also over 6'1" and over 200 pounds and are defensive specialist. Really not a good comparison. Most of your light weight players ala Steve Sullivan, Doug Gilmour, and Brian Gionta are point getters. Not too many lightweight defensive specialist.
If he can do it, then great for us. I'd love to see a huge year out of him ala Doug Gilmour. I just don't see rating someone that is a smallish third or fourth liner over a 6' 3" center with top 6 potential or third and fourth liners with more ideal size. That's just my opinion right or wrong....
But Tesink is 6 ft. tall, and should fill out some. He's not 161 lb any more (maybe, close to 170)-like Rattie. When he fills out, he should be at least 180-185, if not 190. That isn't all that small for a feisty player. He doesn't shy away from contact. An energy line player is , perhaps a cross between a scoring line player and a defensive specialist, at least in terms of scoring potential and defensive ability.
He might be more like a 12-17 goal, 15-20 assist player on an NHL 3rd line, who plays all over the ice and steals the puck, and gets into the opponent's hair, IF he develops well.
I'd rather The Blues have such depth that they have a 6:03 220lb 60 point scorer on the 3rd line, rather than a Tesink type, but, maybe that isn't a realistic expectation given budget restraints.
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