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11-05-2012, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by snarktacular View Post
Even if a prospect is not expected to score at the NHL level, you do expect them to score a lot at the minor leagues. If they're really good enough to stick in the NHL they typically have enough puck skills to do really well in lower levels.

Here's some random guys I picked. I chose some Selke winners and finalists, as well as some PK TOI leaders and random people that came to mind. I ignored Europeans.
Player league games points PPG
Marchant college 33 46 1.39
Brind'Amopur college 42 59 1.40
Draper OHL 39 61 1.56
Madden college 42 63 1.50
R. Niedermayer WHL 52 77 1.48
Kesler college 40 31 0.78
Bergeron QMJHL 70 73 1.04
Peca OHL 55 113 2.05
Pandolfo college 40 67 1.68
Backes college 38 42 1.11
M. Richards OHL 43 58 1.35
J. Staal OHL 68 68 1.00
Talbot QMJHL 51 98 1.92
McClement OHL 45 49 1.09
B. Gordon WHL 56 81 1.45

Some of those numbers are surprisingly high based on the NHL production.

The way I see it scoring in the minors is generally a prerequisite to scoring in the NHL. Although not an indicator.

So taking all that into account, I would like to see more out of guys like Rakell or Cramarossa. But there are certainly exceptions, so I'm not going to discount them either.
To be fair, some of those numbers are on the low side too. I think it's important to remember that some players have the advantage of playing on talented teams in the CHL(and in the CHL you have three different leagues - and the numbers from league to league are not going to be the same) or the NCAA, while others have to carry a much heavier load. On top of that, players develop at their own rate, so sometimes you're just looking at players who really started to peak a bit earlier than others, as well as others who took a bit more time.

Just a little more context.

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