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12-05-2012, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by John Holmes View Post
With high skill guys, you almost always see it right away. Sure they take time to adjust to each level as they progress, but they almost always have a track record established.

Where is that in this case?

I just think the projections are way off.

I'm not saying that he won't ever put it together. He might. He's young, he's raw, etc. I know people like to pump up prospects. That's what fans do. It just wears a little thin when people make things up to justify their beliefs.

Lots of teams passed on Couturier, and every one of them is going to regret it, outside of the top 3.

You'd think Ottawa fans would learn, but we just can't seem to help ourselves from creating unreal and perhaps unattainable expectations for our young players.

Every year it's the same thing. Foligno is going to break out. Filatov will score 30 playing with Spezza. Butler will score 30 playing with Spezza. Regin is going to be the 2nd line C and score 50 points.

It gets old.
I think what we cannot help, is putting unreal expectations of our prospects developing more quickly than they should. Zibanejad has shown a lot of instances of skill... so I really have no idea what you're talking about with regards to him lacking it.

I am not making excuses... Go read the Silfverberg article on Sens Extra and he talks about the difficulty of adjusting to the ice surface... obviously his teammate is having the same issues.

Regarding pace of development, we did the same with Lehner... expecting him to be an NHL'r a few years ago. I know a lot on here thought he was done last season and would never be NHL ready... I recall the threads. People said about Silf a few years ago that he would not develop into anything great because of the pace of his scoring and then he made a quantum leap last season.

I'm not saying get ready for Zibanejad to be a superstar, but one thing I've been good at is seeing skill and having a little bit of intuition about players. I am no professional, but I am definitely not a fool. I say patience for all of our prospects. Stone made one excellent pass in the playoffs last season and people believe he should be in the NHL. The reality is that stats are usually measured over a longer period than shorter and that player development in any sport is not linear. There are plateaus, valleys and the like... just as the roller coaster you were talking about.

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