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03-02-2013, 06:48 PM
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I'm new to being a draft junkie, so I could use some understanding on how birthdates affect player development. Mackinnon and Barkov are almost a year younger than Jones, with Drouin in between. Does this mean Mackinnon and Barkov will have an extra year of improvement available to them before reaching their primes? Has this expectation already been "priced in" by scouts?
I've always felt that the late birthday thing isn't a big deal, personally. Guys who have late birthdays have had an extra year to show their stuff in junior hockey, but really the development should be on about the same pace for all of them. You might get a guy to the NHL quicker if he has a late birthday because of this, but in the end, the development curve will even out.

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