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07-24-2013, 06:52 PM
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Got no problem with bringing him in. But people see prospects like this and go overboard thinking they've got Martin St. Louis.

What, 1% chance to be St. Louis? Maybe? Very very slim chance of being Briere? Normally slim chance of developing into MZA/JAM/Gerbe?

Nate Gerbe may be the most dynamic player to come out of the NCAA in the last 5-10 years. Tremendous skillset with the top end skating to boot. A lot of Hobey finalists peak in college because they don't have the skating, NCAA has a lot of tree trunks on D still. Gerbe was the total package (except size obviously). Now he can't get a UFA contract.

Again, for a song why not. But also how alluring is the KHL gonna be for a kid like this that will need to pay dues in a big way. Needs time to develop physically, develop his skills in close quarters and develop the ability to make decisions as he advances to pro hockey where there is less time. If he plays another year in the O, a year in the AHL, what's his mindset? Don't give me the "well he came over the Canada to develop!" argument, because so did Burmistrov.

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I'd rather have a small perimeter player than a small grinder. Will just be that much harder for him to make a living that way in the NHL. Nigel Dawes comes to mind.
This is a really good point and something that doesn't get talked about a ton.

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