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11-13-2012, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Beendair Donedat View Post
You're wrong there. Terry Ryan was coming off a 50 goal, 110 point season In the WHL. He had incredible size and skill in Juniors, just didn't translate to the pro level.

After a successful season with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL Wilkie was seen as one of the top upcoming defensive prospects for the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and was selected in the 1st round, 20th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. The following season Wilkie returned to the Blazers and made his international debut representing the U.S. in the 1993 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship

Stevenson was a 30 goal scorer in Juniors. And an All Star:
199192: West First All-Star Team (WHL)
199192: Memorial Cup All-Star Team (CHL)

Eric Choiunard clearly had some skill: After scoring 296 points in 180 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he became a 1st-round draft choice (16th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft

All of the guys drafted put up numbers and were all stars... They weren't just drafted for size. It's just a common misconception because none of them transferred their Junior success to the pro ranks. Probably says more about our lack of ability to develop young players than anything.
Then how did Koivu not fail as well? Did he not go through the same system that couldn't develop young players?

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