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2012-2013 Rangers Prospects Thread (Player Stats in Post #1; Updated 5/9) *Part III*
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03-22-2013, 06:42 AM
Can't Beat Him
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
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People here need to stop crapping on this kid, who has done nothing but improve since he was drafted. You haven't seen him in a year and a half, in which time he has grown bigger, stronger, tougher, with better offense and defense. Edmonton fans are reporting very good things about him, not just in terms of offense, but defense and dirty areas as well. This honor just confirmed that he has had a very good year.
He had nearly 200 points the last 2 seasons and over 300 in his junior career.
Lets see how he does in Hartford next year, but lay off him for now. The kid is a good prospect.
Oh come on. I've
seen anyone crap on him. The criticism has always been that he's not strong enough on the puck, won't go to the dirty areas and isn't too interested in the defensive side of the game. Followed by something like, "He's an okay prospect but nothing special." That's been my assessment of him, and what I've seen pretty much every other poster say.
I've only seen him play a couple of times this year. Last year, I watched him a lot more. I didn't see anything in my brief viewings that looked too different from years past. Am I wrong? Possibly, I've been wrong countless times before. I'm just tempering my expectations. People thought Nigel Dawes was going to be a big time sniper at the professional level. Evgeny Grachev was a future star. Hell, even your boy JAM was going to be an NHL player this year! And he can't even crack a Columbus offense that's somehow even worse than ours.
I'm glad you like St. Croix. I think he's a decent prospect. Just keep things in perspective. He has some real flaws in his game, even with the improvements made this season. Should we only lavish praise on our prospects? That's doing no one any good.
It's just pain.
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