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2012-2013 Rangers Prospects Thread (Player Stats in Post #1; Updated 3/11) *Part II*
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12-24-2012, 12:55 PM
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The disappointment isn't just that he is missing the experience, but also that he got beat out by lower drafted players. There were only 3 American defensemen drafted in the first round in 2011 and 2012. Another 5 were drafted in the second round of the two years combined. That's not a lot of competition.
Instead he gets beat out by the tiny guys like Shayne Gostisbehere and Matt Grzelcyk who were just drafted in the third round this year. Mike Reilly is a 4th rounder, but at least it was last year and you can argue that he's older and had more time to develop.
But how is it not a disappointment when our prospect gets beaten out for a spot by two third rounders just a few months after the draft?
Skjei not making the team is a function of Housley's preferences and biases. He went with offensive defenseman and that will likely bite him. If team USA had a different coach Brady likely makes the team. He didn't get beat out. He was rejected by a former offensive defenseman who has a clear bias to that style of play. Not an indictment of Brady, of the Rangers selecting him or of his future value. Do you remember Tyler Seguin's WJC's appearance? Neither do I. He was passed over as an 18 year old (he was almost 18 at the time)
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