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11-17-2012, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Walkingthroughforest View Post
Haha, what? It was Kreider this, Kreider that for the last two years from Rangers fans. He was always a top prospect. And the facts are that Gaudreau was one point behind Kreider's Junior season as a freshman!
I'm talking about top prospects in hockey not just 1 of the 30 teams.

his stock really improved overall among all top prospects last year.

And at this point, Gaudreau's size hasn't hampered him at all. He's out competing 6'3-230 pound, 24 year old defensemen, when we were all told he couldn't sustain his USHL production in the NCAA. It's no guarantee he'll be in the NHL, but to dismiss him for his size at this point is just foolish.
At this point it's still only the NCAA, looking at other small guys who ahve excelled and won the Hobey it's still a long way from top prospect status never mind the "steal of the draft."

No one is dismissing him but people should be realistic about the odds here.

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