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02-01-2013, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Gord View Post
Remember how his first season went? 7 points. and didn't it take 6 years until he broke the ppg plateau?

whenever anyone gets down on a young talented player, (for example starting threads 3 games into the year asking if we should have drafted someone else than Yak) they should have to learn about Joe Thornton and patience in the development of a player.
I sure remember Joe back then...a tall, skinny kid that was the perfect exhibit of how some players should be allowed to play at the AHL level prior to the age of 20. He was way too good to go back to junior as an 18 year old, but woefully lost and shellshocked when thrown to the NHL wolves.

He got it together once he grew into his body a bit more and frankly gained some maturity to handle the NHL lifestyle, but it took a few years. We need to be cognizant of that.

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