So let's assume they are all busts (obviously too early to call them all that... but let's assume that for the moment).... it still doesn't mean we should take comfort that MPS is one of many other busts. He had a lot of potential and promise... it would certainly be disappointing if he never comes close to living up to that potential. He certainly isn't the 1st and won't be the last either though.
I'm hoping out of MPS/Pitlick/Hamilton/Martindale/Lander/Omark at least one can be a decent NHL player (or at least return an asset that may be an NHL player).
The only ones on that list who we should have expected to be in the NHL at this point (timeline was) is Omark. And maybe Pitlick, but its not uncommon for guys who play his style to take longer to develop. Having 18 year old ready prospects has screwed up too many people's opinions of development I think. Pajaarvi is on track.
He's got 6 goals in his past 15 games. Over those games he has been given a great role that he can finally thrive in. That is a 32 goal pace in an 82 game season. Obviously that would probably drop off but it's not too much to think he could score 25 goals consistently if he stays in the role he's playing right now.
So what did he do in his first season that he isn't doing now? How could he put up some good numbers for a rookie on one of the worst NHL teams ever ice and be as bad as some of you claim he is? He's obviously a soft player, I'm sure he was when he was drafted, I'm sure scouts knew that. He must have been drafted for a different reason than that, there are some positives to his game and some good raw skills that will eventually blossom. Euros take longer to develop, he's only 21.
Heh, I always had faith in ya Maggie. I really hope he continues to improve, he's a bigger part of this team's core and future than I think posters give him credit for.