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10-03-2012, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Yosemite Sam View Post
I know what you're saying... It might be optimistic but I really don't think so. It's easy to do a little research to come up with whatever you want to back up arguments.

For example, a skinny, 18/19-year-old Patrick Kane got 72 points his first season. Ovechkin got 106 points in his first NHL season. Malkin scored 85 points in his rookie year. Toews was on pace for 69 points in his first season. Nick Backstrom got 69 as a rookie. Jeff Skinner got 63 points on the way to the Calder. And just last year, a skinny Nugent-Hopkins was on pace for 69 himself.

If you look at some of those guys, they weren't nearly as seasoned as Tarasenko is coming in. Some were kids... this guy's a man. He's built for the NHL and has all the tools as well as the head. In terms of the names I mentioned above, I'm not saying he's going to come in and dominate like Ovechkin and Malkin, but he can be as good or better than the others.

I've followed Tarasenko VERY closely for two years now as I drafted him in my lifer pool at that time. I think he'll be the talk of the NHL halfway through the season. The fact that Hitch spoke glowingly of him and says he'll give him every opportunity to succeed bodes well. That projected line could be awesome.

Just my opinion, of course. I'll shut up now.
Everything you said is very true but this is win by great defense league. The highest scorer on the blues last season had like 54 or 55 pts. Granted Perron, Amac and Steen missed significant time and Stewart sucked, i just dont see how a rookie making an adjustment from the KHL to NHL is going to score 70+ in today NHL.

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