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02-08-2014, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Delicious Pancakes View Post
Zona's overall negative evaluation of Oilers prospects using NHLE is somewhat misguided given that a lot of the forwards drafted were not drafted to be top 6 guys so their NHLE for a bottom 6 role is actually decent. Also there are a number of forwards and defensemen who are in their first year pro or their first year in a tougher league so their NHLE would be expected to be lower than other more experienced players in their respective leagues. Not to mention there are a bunch of players in there who are expected to shut down other teams' top lines and are performing well in that capacity. Clearly some players don't project to make it to the NHL but overall I certainly wouldn't judge this year to be a poor year development wise for Oilers prospects.
I would put very little stock into the NHLE numbers. This is far from an exact science.

It is pretty easy to predict that a prospect will not score a lot in his first year or so. But trying to linearly order prospects by their NHLE is really stretching things as far as I am concerned.

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