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12-04-2012, 10:27 AM
3 Minute Minor
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Originally Posted by Breakfast of Champs View Post
Well since Crosby was clearly the best Midget player in the country when he was 14, I would say if the rule existed then he would have been a lock.

But do you really think the only thing HC looks at is where the player is playing? IMO an "exceptional" player should only come around every 5-10 years hypothetically. Every year there are 14 year old kids playing midget and doing well, but that doesn't make them exceptional.

Having said that, HC seems to have done a good job selecting players that qualify thus far, so if Day gets it then I'm sure he deserves it.
Well Aaron Ekblad was 6'3 200lbs at like 13 years old, he was definitely that big at 14 lol
Not only was he a mammoth but he got ES after 2 seasons of playing Midget hockey for Sun County. Over those 2 years he played 92 games and had over a 100 points. For a kid with another 3 years of Midget eligibility (technically) and 1 more before his OHL season, he was definitely exceptional.

Connor McDavid is simply exceptional. With the Toronto Marlboros Midget AAA last season he had 33G and 39A for 72 PTS in 33 games. That's large production in that amount of games.

Compare him to John Tavares (Another Exceptional talent for his age) Tavares had 158PTS in 72 Games. It seems like Tavares was way better offensive when you look at 158PTS compared to 72 points but really their points per game was actually 0.0126 points per game apart he was definitely exceptional

This kids weren't just 14 year olds doing well. They were doing the best. Like you said they've done a good job letting guys in who want in when they're exceptional. You just can't deny a guy because last year there was an exceptional player as well, you have to treat each case differently.

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