Dominant WJC players that busted
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12-20-2012, 07:13 AM
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Wow, lots to choose from here. That one year when all the top scorers busted is absolutely ridiculous! Just makes you appreciate the guys that become NHL legends all the more.
To play devil's advocate (not the pinball game), I often wonder how big a part the mishandling of the prospect by the NHL club plays into the bust. If a player doesn't make it it's always the player that gets blamed, yet in another situation, on another team, that player would have undoubtedly have had success. I have long noticed that clubs are often more critical of their own draft picks, as compared to young players they acquire from other franchises.
To cite a recent example; The Canucks draft Cody Hodgson, and though he does suffer a serious injury, the team had already prevented him from joining the everyday roster for two full years after he was probably ready to start playing in the NHL. They eventually move him for reasons that elude me to this day and bring in Zach Kassian, who doesn't at all seem ready, but somehow gets thrown into the lineup every game no matter how he plays. My point being that players are at the whim of their parent club and whether it's internal politics or some other reason, some players just don't get a fair shake.
I'll get off my soapbox now, but I have been holding that one in for years.
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