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02-28-2013, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Markstrom Rules View Post
Grimaldi is nowhere near Hobey Baker material this season. Knight has had a much better season and he isn't even in the conversation. Grimaldi has been great this season, but Matheson has been exceptional. He's been his team's best defenseman on a lot of nights as a freshman on what was the #1 ranked team early on in the season. He plays the #1 PP.

Grimaldi didn't have a great WJC, he had a great final game, but for most of the tourney he was very disappointing. He has a serious size deficiency that he has to overcome in order to be successful in the pros. That is something that Shore, Matheson, Petrovic, Howden, etc. don't have to deal with. Petrovic and Howden are very safe prospects that project to be decent NHLers at the very least because of their all around game. Grimaldi has talent that they do not possess, however he also has a good chance of busting.
Nowhere near? He's among one of the leading scorers for freshmen. I never said he was going to be considered for the Hobey Baker this season, but he isn't too far from that picture and will be a sure consideration at least once if not multiple times in his college hockey career.

Corban Knight is having a much better season because Corban Knight is a 22 year old senior. He's a rising prospect. At Grimaldi's age he was producing half as much.

I don't mean to shortchange Matheson -- I'll be honest I don't know anything about him. I'm glad to hear good things though.

With what you've said about Grimaldi's boom-bust potential, I completely agree. But when it comes to ranking prospects, I wouldn't rank them by how safe they are. I would rank them by their overall potential. Semantics, I guess.

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