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12-24-2012, 01:58 PM
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The big problem, IMO, is that people still seem to assume a linear development curve that every prospect more or less needs to follow. For a late round pick with good tools, I'm 'not too worried about Skeji not making the WJC team at this point. He's a freshman on a college team with a deep talent pool at D, this is a learning year for him. I expect him to be much more successful next year and be considered realistically for the WJC next year.

It's fine to say "hey that's disappointing" and "he needs to improve or we should be worried" but passing judgements on a players future this early is silly. Also, a late round pick really isn't exactly expected to make the WJC's, there are only so many spots and plenty of returning players, etc

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