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02-26-2013, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Bender View Post
Was Ryan Kesler? Personally I feel Kesler could be a #1 guy on half a dozen teams in the NHL.

RoR was essentially a PPG guy in the OHL as a 17-18 year old before he was drafted. Had he been sent back, it's very likely he would have improved on the 66 pts in 68 gp he put up that season.

What about Patrice Bergeron? He put up 73 pts in 70 gp when he was a 17-18 year before being drafted, then made the NHL. Sounds familiar.

I'm not saying he's going to put up 80-90 points but I don't think 70 is out of the question. To be quite honest, I would take the guy who plays the game the way RoR and Bergeron do AND put up 65-70 points per year than the guy who just plays offence and puts up 90....but that's just me, I guess.
I believe that players in the NHL that are top six caliber were the same way if not better at lower levels. The guys that were average to good scoring players that come to the NHL and do the same or better are the exception not the rule.

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