The 2nd German league is worse quality than the Austrian 1st league. Alex Grenier is currently putting up similar numbers there at a much younger age. That should tell you all you need to know about Patrick White. at the title...
The Pens won't win in three years. They will win the cup two years from now, than magically lose for two more years so they can stock up on more top 5 draft picks, hopefully so they can draft another couple of centers.
I'm not up on European leagues, is Germany 2 league up to par with the ECHL?
The skaters are in the same ballpark, but the goaltending would be substantially worse. The Oberliga, where he was last year, is another step down from there, on the level of a bad low-minors league or good senior league here.
These leagues sounds like the IHL over here. Pure garbage players who have no future as a pro league guy but still play.
I know a guy who plays in the IHL and is just the biggest booze hound, tho I truly enjoyed some of his glory stories. Least his were on the ice and not the road as mine were.
Either way good for Patty to actually have some type of success, just don't ever come back to the West Coast. I'd be affriad for his life with some of the posters on these sites hate for him.
Is everyone already forgetting what he did for this organization? Daniel Rahimi and cap space weren't the only parts of that deal.
San Jose wasn't trading for Patrick White, they were trading for the 2nd round compensation pick that we were going to get for not signing a first rounder to a contract.
Anyways it's not so much a possible late bloomer as it is an example of where busts may end up when they can't cut it in the big league. You can say good for him for still being able to have a career playing hockey, I know I'd gladly play the game for a regular office salary paycheque, but that's about it.