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12-03-2012, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Adam Tilander View Post
Not really if it's 1 player out of all 1998 borns in North America, that's exceptional.

I do find it odd that they've given them out twice in 2 years but wouldn't give it to Sidney Crosby. The Crosby camp back then probably didn't push as hard for it... Crosby seems like the type that would be fine with staying at a prep school in the states, putting off his dominance of the Q for 1 extra year didn't hurt him

But ye after John Tavares was granted exceptional status, it seemed like we wouldn't even hear about it for a long time because he seemed to regress a little bit by being stuck in the OHL for a while. Sure he still dominated but his 16 year old season was better than his 17 and 18 year old season and he didn't seem to figure out his skating was truly crap until he was in the NHL because for so long he was able to just breeze around kids in the OHL and he seemed to figure it would just figure itself out.

If that were the case, but it seems to be only the OHL putting this rule into action.

I mean, was Ekblad better at 15 than guys like Hall, RNH or MacKinnon? All were seen as potential 1st overall picks and came after Tavares, but the exceptional player rule never was really mentioned for them. (I believe John McFarland applied but was denied).

Maybe Day is for real, but personally I think if a player is going to be granted the exception they should truly be exceptional.

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