Thread: Prospect Info: St. Louis Blues Top Prospect #26
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11-09-2012, 09:21 PM
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Personally, I think it's a bit harsh to say Gardiner's career is in the gutter. At University of Minnesota he was the second youngest player on his team and played limited minutes in only 17 games(Average age of 1st year division I players is 20-21 yrs). Last season in the USHL he certainly didn't tear it up, but 12 goals and 14 assists isn't a complete failure either. I think it's also important to keep in mind the Blues drafted him right out of high school knowing that he was the type of player that would take some time to develop(See Sam Kurker). That said, I'm certainly not ready to give up on Gardiner and I like the way he's playing for Penn State so far this season. Like the rest of these guys's a wash whether or not he'll pan out for the Blues, but as a third round prospect with good size and considerable offensive upside I definitely like his chances.

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