Rielly ranked #1 of 2012 draft class in TSN (Craig Button) Top 30 NHL Prospects
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12-24-2012, 10:23 PM
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The statement is a response to this:
"that's true. if he's the prospect he's hyped to be, he will dominate this tournament against kids his own age"
, which basically says Rielly isn't a top prospect unless he shows it in the next two weeks.
And I simply don't see the WJC being the indicator of a prospect's value because as we've seen, there's plenty of WJC participants who suck and go on to be great NHLers, and WJC superstars who were never good prospects and didn't become good NHLers.
Rielly's evaluation as a prospect and ultimately as a pro will occur over a much longer time frame.
fair enough, but if he's a top, elite prospect, why wouldn't he show it over the next two weeks? unless he's injured?
this is a chance for him to compete against the best, for him to prove to himself and everyone else that he's among the best, or perhaps is the very best of them. this is the biggest tournament he's ever played in, and perhaps the biggest he ever will play in. a lot of eyes will be watching this. lets not brush it off as if its nothing.
if he's as good as he's supposed to be, i expect him to step up big time and help lead canada to gold. why wouldn't he?
true, a kid's wjc performance doesn't dictate where he'll end up in the nhl (or not in the nhl). but isn't it fair to say that most elite prospects and elite nhlers over the years have had great wjc performances? they're thought to be the best prospects for a reason, right?
for sure rielly's every move, positive and negative, will be analyzed to death on this board over the next 2 weeks.
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