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01-07-2013, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by wingman22 View Post
Wouldn't say any 15 yr old has peaked. But it will be interesting watching how this plays out. There are a few kids in the age group that have been at the top for many years and Stephens has always been there. Scouts look at potential and coaching. He still has all the tools to make him a top draft pick but he may be the type of player that needs a kick in the ass ? But i will say no player in the league has a better 3 steps.
There are 2 things that I think are hardest to change in a player (1) Trying to become an elite skater. U either are born with Mcdavid's feet or not. U cant have slow/heavy feet and expect to work hard and get elite feet, a player can improve it but never become elite. (2) Compete level. U either are born competitive and hate losing or your not. U can never teach a kid to hate to lose. Hating to lose and being competitive is one of the key factors in a motivated player.

*If u have questions about a players compete level now, do u want to deal with that for 2-4 years? It can become very, very frustrating. Its like looking at a Big Florida Orange and squeezing it and getting 2 drops of juice. Id rather have a player with less skill who over-achieves and gives it everything. That inspires teams. Low compete levels from talented players creates a not so good team atmosphere.

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