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01-09-2014, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by nyr2k2 View Post
In baseball, those are the guys you'd label as "4A" players--too good for AAA ball, but not good enough for regular MLB action. Any way you slice it though, they're not able to perform consistently at the highest level.

To your point about particular players not having the skill set to play a bottom six energy role: it's absolutely spot on, and I think it reinforces my point about Buchnevich. He's almost certainly not going to be a guy that kills penalties, or provides energy from a third line role. That's just not his game. He's going to be an offensively-oriented top-six winger, or not play in the NHL. His performance in the KHL thus far is impressive, but it has no bearing on whether he can succeed as an NHL player.

I don't think we're really in disagreement about anything. I just take performance in any non-NHL league--AHL, KHL, SHL, whatever--with a heavy grain of salt. For every one player whose performance translates to the NHL, there are five guys who don't come anywhere close. And that might be me being generous to the other leagues.
I don't think you wanted to be so categorical because it would be applicable to all prospects (whether in KHL or AHL) that haven't reached NHL yet. It's more important to view overall quality of the league, how well a prospect performs there (and at what age) and whether the skill set used is going to translate well to NHL.

Prospect Current League Current Age Projected level in NHL

Buchnevich KHL 18 Top 6 wing

Lindberg AHL 22 Top 9 center

Fast AHL 22 Top 6 wing

Kristo AHL 22 Top 6 wing

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