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12-06-2012, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by steffeG View Post
Couturier was the #1 defensive forward, i.e. played the toughest minutes on that team. He put up 31 points with low-level skill and little-to-none PP time. It's damn impressive, and "hard-pressed" might've been excessive but if one of our prospects would go on to do that in his career we should be damn happy wherever he was picked.

Zibanejad was considered one of the most NHL-ready prospects in the draft. I don't know what is meant by "raw" and "project" here, because being more physically developed should mean he's less of a project, and closer to where he should be.
He was ready to play defensive hockey in the NHL last year. That's what NHL ready meant. If you wanted offense, he needed time to see if that would come.

Once again, he was rotating with Spezza in his last game into OT in the regular season. Can't think MacLean had Smith on the bench just to boost Zibanejad's confidence in the regular season when he may have already known he was going back regardless. MacLean wanted to keep him.

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