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12-01-2012, 11:51 PM
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Originally Posted by surixon View Post
I'm no fan of Couturier but last year was his rookie year and he was a year younger to boot. We shouldn't be happy that he is performing similarly to rookies, we should expect a little more progression from him. For example the same Couturier has 17 points in 18 games and triple the number of goals, Schenn has 22 in 20. Going to his draft year the offensive players drafted close to him Connelly has 7g and 17 points in 19 games, Neideriter has 10g and 20 points in 19, Granlund had 12 points in 8 games. He is starting to get passed offensively by his peers. I have no problem with his defensive game, but I was hoping to see him take a step forward offensively like a number of the players I listed above, granted he still has time. BobE has it correct in that he is going to start to get pushed for offensive minutes by Scheifele who is progressing at a quick rate, not to mention he will have a massive uphill battle to earn offensive minutes on the Jets this year with the number of players ahead of him.
Burmistrov is 1 year older than SC. How can one be the be all and end all future all-star, and the other a potential "maybe"? That's a massive disparity in expectations based on similar seasons. 1 year in age doesn't justify that much variance IMO.

I don't think we should also forget about what happened in the NHL last year and just look at the last 22 AHL games.

Connolly and Niederrider did absolutely nothing last year. After 22 AHL games I have a hard time justifying saying they are passing Burmistrov.

As for getting passed by his peers, Kadri, Glennie, Kassian, Holland, Leblanc, Josefson, Schroeder, Caron, Palmieri, Paradis, and Ashton are all 1st round picks, all a year older than Burmistrov, and all have done less.

And basically everyone from his own draft besides Hall, Seguin, Skinner, Granlund, Tarasenko, and Kuznetsov are behind Burmistrov as well.

I'm not saying Burmistrov is a guaranteed future NHL star who's going to be putting up multiple all-star seasons. Maybe he makes it, maybe he doesn't. Just that ignoring the pretty good season he had last year (even with him probably being physically not ready), and using a 22 game AHL sample size to worry about his lack of growth seems a little needlessly premature. Especially when there are very, very few players in his draft and even the draft before that are outperforming him so far.

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