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06-19-2014, 12:21 PM
Believe In Henke
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: BKLYN, NYC
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You mean the way Brian Leetch couldn't play defense even at a minor league level at the sane age? Or the way Martin St. Louis and more recently Mars Zuccarello struggled at an even older age?
All those prospects you are hailing like Duclair and Skjei... do you know how badly they'd crap the bed if they played against NHLers last season? Do you know just how awful Kreider was in his time in Hartford during the lockout?
The best way to gauge a prospect is by looking at his progress, not his current play. That's why there is a lot of hope for Duke, Skjei, Butcher - they keep improving. And McIlrath is one of those types of prospects who improves from month to month.
He is already a better player than what he was when he got called up. He will be a quality NHLer, significantly better than the vast majority of #10 overall picks over the last 25 drafts from 1990 to 2014.
I think it'd help if you pointed out how exactly he improved from January to February, and February to March. It makes the reader have more faith in what you think rather than your opinion that he's already NHL ready.
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