It's threads like this one that make me glad CKAC is no more - for this is the kind of talk you kept hearing there - bashing for the sake of bashing. You pick a name, any name in the Habs.org and see how you can bash the management concerning him. Regardless of facts and common sense.
Hopefully less right now.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no expert and I know little about Kristo and his hockey profile. But according to what real experts said in this thread, the OP was clearly ignoring facts in order to build his Habs bashing argument.
BTW - concernig his toe - doing stupid things does not necessarily means you are stupid. Try to remember when you were young
I think Kristo will make it to the NHL but he will be a very frustrating player. He appears to have a very low hockey IQ and is a bit of a one-trick pony with severe tunnel vision.
He will likely be very streaky and will stir up many of the same sentiments that Ryder did during his time in Montreal.
As I said before, he has Versteeg written all over him. Not as nice of a puck handler, maybe a bit tougher. Streaky player with great tools but without the hockey IQ to make it consistently work. A 2nd/3rd line tweener.
The type of depth scorer that will make a difference on a good team, the type of player who will frustrate you on a lesser team, until you get rid of them and complain when they are productive elsewhere. See Ryder, Versteeg, AK and so on.
Which, considering where he was drafted, is more than you can ask for.
Michael Ryder's Stanley Cup ring and multiple 30 goal seasons say hello
I see him as a 2nd line winger that'll be a 25-25 player, which is good the more of those players we have the better will be. Give him time, I don't think he'll need much training to jump from college to the NHL
Ryder was all shot, but a deadly one. If Kristo is a Versteeg without the speed and a Ryder without the shot, what the hell is he? An Emelin without the hitting?
He has the tools to be a top 6 NHLer. He skates well, both in terms of top speed, acceleration and change of direction. He has good hands, pretty good shot(accurate), poise with the puck, his vision is good, not great. I don't see any glaring weakness, he is filling out physically, now up to 188lbs and is not affraid of traffic.
Maguire from CJMS was at the practice yesterday and was far from being impressed by Kristo's attitude. He was lazy and going with the flow instead of being like Gallagher and Bournival who were really pushing hard in every imposed exercices.
It's expected a late 2nd won't make it. From that perspective, it's great when they turn out into quality NHLer and does not deserve disapointment or worse when they don't.
Only a top 10 pick can truly 'bust' in my opinion.
Well I think there can be busts after the top 10, but the standard is different. Like Kostitsyn, bad pick and a disappointment sure, but I wouldn't really call him a "bust". Now if he was a top 3 pick on the other hand, sure.
But then you have a guy like David Fischer, he was picked 20th but I'd still call him a bust because a first round pick should at least make the AHL.