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12-25-2012, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Frankie View Post
can you blame leafs fans for thinking a lower expectation is more realistic? is that really something to take exception to, given the history of hyped prospects we've seen ultimately fail? if not being skeptical, at least wanting to see much more evidence (as you say yourself), before claiming him a potential superstar?
Burke said he had him rated 1st. overall in the 2012 draft.

So if Burke is right (whatever) it would not be unreasonable for expectations for him to be a star in the NHL.

When you draft 1st. overall that is what you are expecting, not necessarily a Crosby level of star, but definitely a defender drafted 1st. overall should be at a minimum a #1 defender. Drew Doughty 2nd. overall is an example of a defender fulfilling his draft expectations.

Anything less than a star for Rielly will be a disappointment.

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