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11-18-2012, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by lazerbullet View Post
I still think it's way to early to tell what happens to our top prospects. It's more likely that they are closer to be as good as Filppula or Franzen. But we can't rule out that some of them reaches higher level of play.

As promising as Datsyuk was nobody expected that he will be a top3 player in the league and arguably the best two-way forward of his time.
Same thing with Zetterberg. As good as he was in Sweden nobody expected that at his peak Zetterberg is also top3/top5 player in the game and one the best playoff performers of his time.
And as promising as Nick Lidstrom was in his first seasons, nobody expected that he retires as by far the best defenseman of his time and one of the best ever.

You can't really tell. Some players keep developing when they are 25 or even older. Some peak at 20. None of our prospects are as promising as Malkin, Crosby, Kane or Stamkos were, but they could surprise. And if they don't... well, it can't last forever.
Zetterberg came over with tons of hype.
the next Forsberg. Future captain. Best player not in North America.

I wouldn't rule out the idea that Jarnkrok will become a Zetterberg or Datsyuk.

But if I were betting money, I wouldn't bet on it.

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