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05-03-2013, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by glovesave_35 View Post
Your argument is flawed for one major reason. You are using raw age without regard to years of service. Neither is a perfect comparison tool but you can't simply use one and ignore the other. When Eriksson was 18 he was playing in Sweden; same with Zetterberg. A lot of those guys were either playing in a foreign country until they were 20 or in the minors, etc.

One thing you have to acknowledge before people will take you seriously is that it is possible to rush a prospect. It's possible that if Gagner had played another year or two of hockey before joining the big leagues that he could have been a more refined player from the outset. As it is, we have a player with a plethora of 40+ point seasons. What to make of that?...

You keep saying how young he is, which is true. The other side of the coin is that he is already a 6 year veteran. Some players do continue to improve after six years in the league, but many don't.
He showed his biggest improvement this last year. I don't think any player has ever went from taking a huge stride in development to reaching his peak in less than a year.

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