Actually I saw Higgins play in the WJHC and I immediately was high on him, he was the best player on the US squad. I've been a big fan of him since then. He has definately progressed faster than I thought he would though.
and thanks for the info. The last 50g scorer we've had was Stephane Richer I think? And Bellows scored 40 something in 92-93.
It's not as if he's a late round steal. I don't remember anyone predicting he'd be on the top line scoring on a 40 goal pace in his first year...well, maybe New Habs Area.
I got blasted for ranking him an 8A saying he would be a 1st line forward. I don't have a crystal ball so I stay away from predicting how many goals someone will score. In the next ranking I changed it to a 8B (and still got a lot of heat for that) I even discussed rating him as our #1 prospect (over Perezhogin) but also got a lot of heat for that since Perezhogin caught fire in Hamilton in his first year in North America.
You win some you lose some. I used to have Urquhart in the top 10 after he was drafted. I've had Locke ranked in the top ten or so (I'd actually have to look it up depending on what site I did the rankings for) I thought Garon would someday overtake Theodore as our #1 (never was a huge Theodore fan, really liked what I saw from Garon in Hamilton) I think I had Ryder ranked at 6th or so. I was really high on Tarasov. I could go on and on.
The only players I ever ranked as #1 on any site I've written for (Komisarek, Perezhogin, Kostitsyn and Latendresse) Next ranking is looking at a new #1 that I'm sure I'll get some heat for.
Guys I'm really high on for our future, O'Byrne, Grabovski, Lapierre (easy on) Fischer, Emelin. Halak is really winning me over. Not sure what to make of Maxwell just yet, like White a lot. It's harder with the newer guys as it takes many viewings to get a good feel for someone. I often see the NCAA guys and Hamilton more then the others.
Not just for his scoring touch but the complete package. He is a very dynamic and full arsenal of tools. Bergeron however is not so fortunate.
Does everyone agree?
well, his numbers were identical to bergeron in his rookie season
Furthermore, he was on pace to succeed bergeron's sophmore point totals this season before the ankle injury but he still remains a point per game player who brings it offensively, defensivley, and around the boards.
Take a look at bergeron's new contract. Higgins is going to be awfully expensive once this deal expires after this season.