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11-05-2012, 04:23 PM
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There's a big difference with Hedman in Tampa and Hedman with Tre Kronor though. Ask Tampa and they're happy with what he's turned into, logging tough minutes and still is improving. Ask a bunch of Swedes and they'd probably say Hedman hasn't lived up to expectations because he's seen as an offensive D-man not putting up points. And the guy is 21.. He's actually younger than Justin Schultz and was drafted a year after him aswell. Perspective is key.

When players are reaching Backlund and Tedenby territory, i.e. a couple or more NA seasons but still aren't full-time players, that's when I'd start to talk about them maybe not living up to being 1st rd draft picks. But really, that's why they're called prospects and not stars the minute they are drafted. I don't think this comes as shock that some hit, some miss. Erik Karlsson and Marcus Johansson meet Dennis Persson and Anton Gustafsson. Evander Kane and Sean Couturier meet Angelo Esposito and Scott Glennie. Et cetera.

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