This is just wrong. Thornton was touted as a the best draftee since Lindros when he was drafted. During his pre-draft year everyone was saying that he's already able to play in the NHL at the age of 17. He actually had underperformed in his career from what the expectations were.
I think he is referring to Thorntons first camp with Boston.
He was definitely out of place, and ended up getting 7 pts in 55 games that season despite getting alot of "free" shots at good ice time because he was the 1st overall pick. He was tall but did not nearly skate well enough and he was definitely very weak on the puck. It actually took him 4 years after getting drafted before he really started to have a impact at the NHL level.
Thornton in his first year in the NHL stood out alot because, while he could skate, his big body couldn't keep up with the tempo of the NHL, he was waiving his arms all over the place to keep balance and he tried big plays at the absolute wrong time and vet D's just stood there and lifted his stick and took the puck away from him etc.
There is no "direct" comparision what-so-ever between Nieves and Thornton (Thornton was dominant among his peers). But my interpretation of that quote is that Nieves, like Thornton, is a kid who makes high caliber plays and can skate well etc -- but due to not having filled out and being, I don't know exactly how to put it, like uncoordinated in a sense, could improve alot over the coming 3-4 years if you get what I mean. With the "could improve alot over the coming 3-4 years" being the reason for the comparision -- not how good they are or necessary the style they play at the age of 18 y/o.
Just like Miller, Fogarty and, to a lesser extent, Skjei, I just want to see this kid incubate for a few years. I'm not concerned about timetables. There's no pressing need to go penciling these kids into imaginary lineups. just let these kids take their time and develop properly. It's an approach that's starting to produce big time results.
yep no need to rush anyone...they can be the next wave of youngsters in a few years
I don't know what the need is for a Big 10 Conference in hockey. NCAA hockey was fine.
That Conference is going to be traveling A LOT.
So Skjei and Nieves will get used to a lot of air travel.
As will Fogarty. Because Notre Dame is freaking nowhere near most of the teams in Hockey East.
Then again...Alaska plays in the CCHA...which is retarded. They should at least be in WCHA.
there isnt a need but the big 10 is a conference for all sports and the member school share a lot of common bonds and similarities. the big 10 network prob also had something to do with it from a financial standpoint.
One thing - I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't concerned about Boo's stats. Only scoring 7 goals as a high school senior (down from the previous year!) is a bit frightening. He was 7-32-39 in 26 games. By contrast, Kreider was 33-23-56 in 26 games his senior year - and Mac^2 was 42-48-90 in 29 games this past year (albeit in a significantly inferior league)! I understand that points aren't everything when trying to project a kid, but you would expect his raw skills alone to translate to more finishing than that.
Now, again, I LOVE the scouting report - and I am comforted by the fact that he went 2-8-10 in 13 games in the USHL as well as the fact that he's going to play for Berensen. Furthermore, that YouTube goal against the Russian team is a thing of absolute beauty, which hopefully points to untapped finishing potential. Here's hoping he builds upon those results against superior competition as he enters the NCAA. I am very much going to enjoy tracking his progress...
Having said that, in a way we should perhaps be thankful for his lower goal totals - if he had Kreider's stats, he probably wouldn't have made it to our first pick, much less our second!
(And hopefully we can still get Mac^2 in the same deal from STL where we pick up the winger we need for the big squad. )
Erm, it is pretty obvious why there will be a Big 10 conference in hockey. I don't see why this is a mystery to anyone.
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