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12-08-2003, 04:45 PM
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thank you unbiased isles fan
So Steen ranked 2nd among swedish prospects, and a defenceman who
broke the record for points scored by a defenceman last year at the WJC shouldnt be ranked high?
P.S I know Stajan is not a 1st tier prospect, and I never said he was
I don't even know what you mean by "Steen is ranked 2nd among all Swedish prospects." Ranked by who? This site has Steen ranked 2nd, and the Isles's Nilsson ranked first (among drafted players). However, Nilsson is a long shot to make the NHL himself and a player I would definitely say is second-tier. Neither player would be considered to be a sure thing (at least according to the scouting reports I've seen).
And, I could list a number of defensemen here who tore apart the juniors and WJC in scoring and never did anything at the NHL (like Jamie Rivers, Brian Campbell to start).
These are all second tier guys. All can be busts just as easily as they can be impact players. And, in fact, none are likely to be impact players.
I remember years ago when the Isles and Leafs were negotiating for Wendell Clark's rights. At that time, Leaf fans were tell me how great Sean Haggerty was going to be based on his high junior numbers. There was another center (whose name I forget) who was a high AHL scorer, and then got let go by the Leafs. I can't even begin to list all the "sure thing" prospects I've seen discussed at this site who never developed.
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