Thread: Prospect Info: Prospect Talk PART VI
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03-06-2013, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by duster19 View Post
Ruining someone because you fast tracked them is a valid concern. But to be afraid to call people up because of it is ridiculous. Not to mention that the whole fast tracking argument is next to impossible to prove. Bailey and Nino could very well be in the same spot or worse if they played 3 years in the AHL...
You are correct by saying that there is no way to prove that fast tracking ruins prospects. However, a safe way to make sure that it doesn't happen is by ensuring that the player you foresee in a certain role succeeds at that role at a lesser level.

Bottom line is we want Nino and Brock to be top 6 forwards. They need to show they can be that at the AHL level. Cizikas and Ullstrom have shown that they can be bottom 6 forwards (which is what the Isles see in them), and they are both currently in that role with the Isles.

The biggest issue young players have is consistency. At such a young age it is difficult to commit to your craft with a professional work ethic and approach. Part of developing anybody in a professional setting (not just sports) is promoting them based on achievement and consistency. Consistency can't be measured in half an AHL season, which is what both Nino and Brock have under their belts thus far. In fact, Nino's production dipped quite a bit over the last 20 games or so.

With that being said, Reasoner is awful. I would prefer another veteran in his stead, but not in the form of Nelson quite yet. Let him play out the AHL season, and if the Isles are out of it come trade deadline or later, then see what the kids have to offer.

Until then, it's time our prospects start feeling a little hunger for the NHL. They haven't earned it quite yet.

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