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12-25-2012, 09:01 PM
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well, i don't see rielly pulling a leetch in the whl. i'm pretty sure 18-year-old brian leetch would have done a lot more in the whl than rielly has been doing.
Brian Leetch at 18/19 was only putting up 47 points in 37 Hockey East games.

An 18/19 year old Scott Niedermayer scored 39 points in 35 games in Kamloops.

These legacies take time at the NHL to cultivate. What Rielly's doing now is a good indication of what he has in him, but it's not going to determine his future.

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unless there's something wrong with the development system. some people seem to think its much tougher for kids to make it in toronto than it is anywhere else.
I would personally blame the amateur scouting on most of the Leafs deficiencies in terms of developing something elite. We're not drafting consistently in the first round, which means we don't get a lot of automatically blue chip guys, and then we waste time with Kenny Ryan and Jamie Devane picks when we should be going for more home run swings on players whose upside isn't useless plug.

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