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02-06-2013, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Sweech View Post
uh...sure. It's not really hard to look that up.

4 players in Scheifele's draft class have more NHL games than Mark does: Adam Larsson, Mika Zibanejad, Sean Couturier, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

It could be inferred that by the end of this season an additional 3 players, Jonas Brodin, Dougie Hamilton, and Jonathan Huberdeau will also have more NHL games than Mark.

Therefore I believe it's premature and incorrect to believe much of Scheifele's draft class will be in the NHL before he is. In fact evidence from his preseason last year as an 18 year old. Coupled with his play this year as a 19 year old with continued statistical progression (and implied bodily growth through age and off season work) through this year amongst peers throughout the CHL and other tournaments suggests he's in the upper echelon amongst his peers.

This combined with the fact that holes within the roster, specifically at the center position will be opening up within 1 to 2 years it should be healthily expected that he cracks the roster within that 1 to 2 year span.

Therefore the assumption that he'll need 2-3 more years and that a large amount of players will already have 4-5 years of pro under their belt would be incorrect.

That's the progression of thought I follow at least.
What about Landeskog? Brandon Saad? Andrew Shaw? look past the first round dude. Plus Barchi and Olesiak are still both possibilities as well.

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