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04-21-2013, 02:34 AM
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I agree that all players are different. However, when Simon spoke of Maata and Zadorov needing more time to adjust to the OHL, I suggest that is/was because they were younger players.

It is much easier to hit home runs in the import draft when teams drafted older, more established players. These are the types who can come in and contribute from their outset in their new league on a new continent. Former Spits import selections like Vladimir Kretchine, Timo Helbing, Marek Biro and Tom Kuhnhackl all fall into this category while a player like Michal Jordan was younger, like both Maata and Zadorov.

If the Spitfires are looking for immediate help it is much easier to draft 18 and 19-year-old players and home runs in the import draft are not as hard to come by. Then again, a younger player like the Sault’s Sergei Tolchinsky is an example of a younger import player who has made an impact right away. But he is a very special player.

Last edited by Percyma: 04-21-2013 at 06:30 AM.
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