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03-12-2013, 03:26 AM
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Usually offensive guys are easy to tell in their very first year. If they show an ability to score ~40 points in the AHL immediately, they go on to have a career. If they struggle for a couple of years and then begin to slowly improve, they run out of time because by the time they become AHL stars, they are in their mid-20s, unable to improve any further.

But if you score 40-45 points in your rookie season, then progress to something close to a point per game next year, that's a great sign. Usually it means that he always was able to score at the AHL level, just that in his first year, he was on the lower lines with worse line mates, less ice time and less responsibility, so he wasn't able to do as much damage as his talent allows.

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