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12-04-2012, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
Nobody is talking about his offensive numbers, but he's supposed to be very raw. That was the primary reason he fell to the very end of the first round. If a raw 18 year old can hold his own in the WJC, that's a good sign.

If not, we might be looking at another Lee Sorochan/Jeff Brown situation here: a solid overall defenseman who's drafted relatively early, but isn't good enough anywhere to make the NHL. Skjei will need to do a lot of developing in the next 3-4 years.
There are a lot of reasons players "fall" in a draft. Every player in every draft can be considered raw. Few exceptions. Like Crosby. Who still needed work on things like face offs to be an effective center.

Teams have their boards. Teams have their guys going into a draft. They have organizational needs. Not every team picks what could be considered best player available.

He's a very intelligent player. Its apparent when you watch Minnesota. And very skilled.

There are obvious areas he needs to grow on as a player. But he's no less of a player than any of the other invitees for team USA. If he doesn't make the cut, its a testament to the depth of the roster, rather then an indictment on Skjei's talent level.

He's good enough to log top four minutes for a team that has been at the top of the national rankings all season. As a freshman (he does sometimes get that responsibility). The youngest player on the Minnesota roster.

Also, these things are very political. Unfortunately. Despite Jones stabbing the US development path in the back, he's still regarded as a golden boy. The golden boys will get their spots. Miller, for example, should be a lock. But he's not. He still has to earn his spot. He's not a golden boy.

St. Croix left off the Canadian team? Politics.

Of all the prospects not yet at the pro level, in the Rangers organization, Skjei is the one I worry least about. His mind for the game is going to get him where he wants to go. His physical tools will develop around that. Like Stepan. Like Hagelin. Like McDonagh.

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