Thread: Prospect Info: All Prospect Talk Part 2
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09-03-2013, 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Hagged View Post
I guess when he starts to dominate, you will see posts on that to the point you will want to make sarcastic remarks of it also. I expect Teravainen to be mostly invisible still this season in FEL in 5 on 5, and that's quite much better than to see him constantly as a defensive liability. He will dominate on PP already at least that's what I'll start expecting of him as the season goes on. It doesn't mean he can't dominate 5 on 5 game in U20 WJC or other games against his age group.

19 years old prospects (even the very top ones) usually don't dominate against professional competition in 5on5, except "crosbies" and "ovechkins". Expecting that of Teravainen is at best premature. Mikko Koivu as a 21 year old 6'2 190lbs center had 30 points in FEL, and he was hardly dominating the competition and still he became a fine top 6 player for Minnesota. Those expecting much more of Teravainen's 19 year old season (while learning the center position) will probably be left unimpressed I'm afraid.
To be fair, it's only natural that people get a bit short when the updates on a prospect are lukewarm (esp. a 1st round pick that everyone is - justifiably, i'd say - excited about).

In any event, you raise a good point about people being reasonable in their expectations about how he's going to be with his 5 on 5 play.

Still, just keep the updates coming - even the lukewarm ones - because I know for me (and, i assume, most others) it's pretty difficult (or even impossible) to see his it's nice to hear how he's playing.

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