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01-01-2013, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by SEALBound View Post
I'm just not 100% sold on DP...yet. He's having an impressive season sure but...I'm just not that excited about it...again...yet. I remember Letang and knowing deep down that he would explode. There was that...I dunno...gut feeling, that spark. I didn't have it with Gogo.

I have that feeling with Morrow, Harrington, and Maatta. Despres...a cautious one. Pouliot...the same. Dumoulin...not really for some reason.

Subject to change obviously...but for right now...Morrow > Pouliot

So really what you're saying is, that doesn't mean anything. You were wrong about Gogo, and you have feelings about certain players, but that's based on the same feelings you were wrong about before.

But on another level, I get it: from the season right after Letang was drafted, his stock was at a level that no Penguin prospect has been at since. Some fans have imposed this idea on Morrow or others, but not really deservingly so. Nobody in our stable, outside of Harrington, is a sure bet. Certainly not Morrow or Maatta, whom we're not sure if the will project to be top-2 Dmen or bottom-2 Dmen.

Pouliot may not have reached "Letang"-like prospect status yet, but if you look at his numbers, he has improved in pretty much every area of his game and of his stats, even though his team isn't quite as potent as it was last year. All he has done is improve his stock, even earning an invite to the main camp after not getting invited in the summer (rare), and if the coach wasn't Steve Spott, he may well have been the #7 Dman instead of Murphy. What more do you want this player to do at this time?

Maatta has more holes in his game than Pouliot. If Pouliot was Finnish, he would be playing for his team in the WJCs. If Maatta was Canadian, he wouldn't have come close to making that team.

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