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11-25-2012, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Zathronas View Post
got a question for Flames fan, Why are they always going off the board with long term prospect?

Do management think the crop of star players at the NHL level will still be going strong in 7-8 years? That's my problem with picks like Jankowski and Gaudreau. They may pan out, but not for a long time.
I'm more optimistic than most about Gaudreau's time frame on making the NHL. His style isn't that dependent on strength anyway, but the rest of his game is very polished and looks to be very translatable.

The way I see it is he can do a million squats a day, he's still gonna get pushed around in the corners. That will never be his game so I don't think that his strength should be what's holding him back, especially if he's effective regardless of strength, which he has been at every level so far.

Kids never finish college if they can go pro early. Right now Gaudreau is destroying the NCAA so it might be time soon for him to face a bigger challenge, and see how his game translates to the AHL.

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