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01-24-2013, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Hampeus View Post

You're severely underrating Niederreiter. Just because he had a bad year in the NHL at the age of 19, doesn't mean he's all of a sudden a terrible prospect. If you put Etem in the NHL last year, I would guarantee he'd have a hell of time producing too. Nino wasn't ready for the NHL, and it was a stupid decision by the Isles. He's still only 20 years old, he has lots of talent and upside, and can very well be a very good player in the NHL in a few years.

Patrick Maroon is 24, slow, with limited upside. Maroon had a good year in the AHL last year, but it's the AHL. Jason Krog was an amazing AHL player too, but he still was a well below average NHLer. I'm not saying Maroon can't be a decent NHL hockey player one day, but comparing him to Niederreiter is crazy.
55 games played last year and scored all of one point, a goal. Isn't he supposed to be a scoring power forward? It's okay to have a slump, but a slump like that is reserved for bottom pairing defensemen. If he was Etem and produced that result in his second stint with the Ducks, then wouldn't you be more than a bit concerned? When Bones has scored more than Nino, then something has got to be up with Nino.

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