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01-28-2013, 03:52 PM
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ds246pit
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It is too early to tell imo. Power-forwards are tough to develop. I'm not saying he's going to be a 50 goal scorer but there are not that many power-forwards that developed early. Examples:

John LeClair: Drafted 2nd round, 1987. First year making any impact was 92-93 and only had 19 goals. First big production years did not start until 94-95. 7 Years after he was drafted.

Shane Doan: Drafted #7 in 1995. First real impact was 5 years later in 99-00 where he scored 26.

Bill Guerin: Drafted #5 overall in 1989. First 20 goal season was 94-95

I am sure there are others and a few guys jumped in pretty quick like Tkachuk and Shanahan but the point is power-forwards many times don't mature into their game until their mid 20's. If he has not developed past his current state within another 2 seasons i'll be worried but until then i think it is too early to write him off.

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