I don't see how he doesn't make this team next year. He was one of the better players in the WJC, even though his team didn't do as well. He can't go to the AHL, he dominates the QMJHL. He'll be a Jacket next year, but if he doesn't do well (Brule?), he'll be sent to Syracuse the following year. That's my guess...
I still have yet to watch him play, so I can only go on what I hear. Based on that, I'd guess he'll have a good shot at making the team in training camp, then get his 9- or 10-game trial before we have to decide to send him back to juniors or keep him. Another factor there is the quality of the coaching staff in Halifax and their history of developing talent. Again, stuff I really don't have first-hand knowledge of.
I really can't see the value of him playing another year in the q. 69pts in 34 games, he's only 9 pts out of the overall lead. He needs to start playing in games where he's challenged.
Exactly. He may not be ready for the NHL but I don't know how he could improve much more by dominating in the QMJHL. Being here will also expose him to pro trainers and strength coaches and demand he be in better shape.
This sounds like the Brule situation next year, juniors or NHL. I hope the results aren't the same.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I think he gets the 10-game try out. He gets some ice time to prove whether or not he's ready. If not, he goes back to juniors, but if he can score some points, he'll stay. Even though it's the previous regime, I hope the organization learned from Brule.
I think he very well could make the big team next year. He finally caught up to Claude Giroux in points. He's been chasing him all year, and has played 6 games less than him. Voracek has the most PPG in the QMJHL, by a wide margin.
He has 23 - 49 - 72 in 36 games. (2ppg)
Giroux 29 - 43 - 72 in 42 games (1.7ppg)
He's 5 points out of the overall lead and everyone above him has played like 15-20 games more than him. And nearly everyone with more points than him is also 18+ months older than him, with the exception of Christopher DiDomenico who has 77 in 51 games (1.5ppg) and is still 6 months older than him...
I dont know. I'm not sure that him being hands down the best player in the league for two years in a row will help his development more than starting his NHL career next year. The question is whether or not he's ready to play in the speed and strength of the league... I think he'll manage.