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11-25-2012, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Zathronas View Post
I believe people over emphasize the time off to injuries. Sports medicine has progressed greatly the last 20 years, for detecting and treating injuries. Case in point, look at the rash of prospect with injuries drafted last year.

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this
I think there is a disconnect in our arguments. You get no argument from me that medicine has come a long way, but that's not what I've been addressing.

The ACL injury didn't concern me in regards to Galchenyuk before the draft. He essentially missed an entire year of playing and being on the ice, being in situations, working on his game, etc., etc., etc. In the grand scheme of things, that's like missing your junior year in HS and being expected to immediate re-join your peers in the next grade and excel (according to his draft position). Unless you're Sheldon Cooper, you're going to have to catch up and you're at an immediate disadvantage. That's my point to this.

By the looks of things, Galchenyuk seems to have overcome that and in a very short period of time. Good for him, but not completely unexpected. It is arguable that he was the cream of the crop in his 16 year old season and that the lost year let others catch up to him. Only time will tell how things play out, but he's looking very impressive.

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