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12-04-2012, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
There are a lot of reasons players "fall" in a draft. Every player in every draft can be considered raw.

Depends on how you define the word "raw". Obviously all of them are raw compared to NHLers. But if you compare them to each other, some are "mature" for an 18 year old and some are "raw" for an 18 year old. As of his draft day, Skjei fell into the raw category. So did Kreider and Kovalev. And so did Jessiman.

On the other hand, Malhotra, Jeff Brown, Sundstrom all were considered very mature for an 18 year old, and nothing particularly great happened with them, especially with Brown who became a low-level minor leaguer.

Being raw is not a monstrous flaw, but it is something that a player needs to overcome.

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