Thread: Prospect Info: Kings Prospects in the CHL/College
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03-20-2013, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by northernKing View Post
The point is both players were rushed. Yes Brown was drafted as a top six forward but he had little left to work on in junior and his abrasive style was very much needed on that LA team at the time. Clifford is showing he is more than just a grinder and fighter and I think another year in junior would have really helped his overall game develop quicker AND his offensive game. The problem when drafting players that are physically nhl ready is they are often able to play in the NHL but not in the role they were drafted. Joe Thornton was in a similar spot his rookie year.
I think a great way to determine if a player is rushed is their success in their first season. Brown had very little (like Thornton). Clifford more than handled his own. I don't think Clifford was rushed at all.

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