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11-13-2012, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Beendair Donedat View Post
If you'll recall he almost didn't make it... He kept missing parts of seasons with injuries. Besides not every prospect will fail, the law of averages dictates someone will make it... Koivu was an example of incredible talent and perseverance. One in a Million.
I don't recall very well, I was 10.

Here's what I recall.

When the Habs drafted Koivu, I think there was talk that the Habs were surprised he was available at #21, but teams always say that. This was the first draft I watched on TV I think.

He then played a year (or two?) in junior. It was said before the season started that he was the best player in the world not playing in the NHL. They don't say this for most prospects. I've never heard this for any other Habs prospect, maybe I'll hear it for Galchenyuk if he wins the OHL scoring race.

He then made the NHL. I don't remember his first season very well, but looking back he scored 45 points, not bad.

And subsequent to this, a career followed.

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