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12-15-2012, 09:34 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
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Originally Posted by
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I think Weircioch's numbers at 18 were probably a bit blown up somehow. Not to say he didn't deserve to rise up in terms of prospect status, I just think that he could go back and play college now and still not be
to match those numbers. Perhaps that's going a little far, but just making a point.
I can only imagine had Mika been there at 18 he'd be scoring quite a bit. I think a lot of the disappointment is that most true star prospects do come out and would blow the doors off the AHL at 19 to a degree. And whenever you draft in the top 10, generally speaking, the fan base hopes they have a star on their hands. We may not have a true star on our hands but I still think we could have a bottom end 1st liner. But I still think the upside is pretty high...if he fills out and starts leaning on people, he could be a really really high end power forward with skill. I think he does some things too well not to be a scorer.
The second half is that critical marker for rookies that can be pretty telling. That doesn't just go for Mika, you may see the likes of Stone, Prince, Pageau, etc take marked turns for the better after Christmas.
Good points. 16 games in the AHL is simply not enough to make any assessment in my opinion. The team wasn't scoring consistently at the beginning of the season either. I hope he can get back into the lineup soon and contribute to Binghampton. They seem to have a good atmosphere for a young kid like him to be developing in.
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