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01-03-2013, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Jarome Iginla View Post
Doesn't take a genius to notice the different direction the Flames' drafting is heading. The Flames have 5 prospects from the last 2 drafts playing in this year's WJC, a tournament where every country sends out its best prospects and competes. While that's not an indicator of prospects' success at the NHL level, it is clear that we are getting some quality prospects which we've never really had before.
Playing the WJC doesn't mean squat. If you look at the Canadian roster of past WJC teams you'll find that very few of the players end up being stars and quite a few never make it to the NHL long term. Playing in this tournament does nothing but increase the hype and make it tougher for a player to live up to expectations as they try to make it to the next level.

To put the cherry on top, you won't find one list out there that doesn't have Sven in the top15 prospects in the world today. The guy is a star in the making(knock on wood)
There isn't a single hockey person that hears Baertschi's name and doesn't have something good to say. But then they follow that up with a question about the condition of his melon. Major time lost to concussions in back-to-back seasons is a major red flag. I would seriously temper your expectations for Baertschi at this point. He could become a superstar or we may find out he doesn't have the body to play in the NHL and may end up in the no-hit Swiss elite league before you know it. There is one thing that Flames fans should be used to and that's injuries altering the path of our best prospects.

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