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12-04-2012, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Writer View Post
I'd like to see Drouin make the team... If it were me picking the team he'd be on it. I don't buy in to HC's argument that this is a tournament for 19 year old players with a few exceptions to the rule. I'd be much more open minded and would not have any concerns about Drouin being ready to compete.
I'd say it's a perfectly healthy approach to have reasonable expectations for U18 players in the WJC, or let them wait one year. Even for the very best. With very few exceptions the top scorers are U19 or U20 players. And if you're looking for checking liners, the older the better is a general rule of thumb.

U18 players top20 in tournament scoring lately:
11/12 only Collberg.
10/11 only Frk.
09/10 only Niederreiter.
In the last lockout tournament only Crosby(was 7th & 4th on Canada) and Kessel were top20 in tournament scoring.

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