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Old 11-11-2019, 04:53 PM
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Question to those who pay closer attention to Syracuse than I do:
Looking at the stats, it looks like only ABB and Foote (and Volkov, natch) are really developing into NHL caliber players.

It seems odd that nearly all of the highest performing players (Mueller, Conacher, Smith and Gaunce) are vet signees. Wouldn't you expect Katchouk, Raddysh or Stephens to be up there near the top in production? All three are at 4 points in the first 12/13 games.

I understand that we are still in the early stages of the season, but none of these guys are rookies still trying to find their feet. If anything, I'd expect them to be taking a step forward, but so far it doesn't seem like that's happening.

Am I reading too much into this?
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Old 11-11-2019, 06:31 PM
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I have felt that way in regards to Stephen for awhile. Not sure what the problem is, but it's concerning.
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:25 PM
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One reason is that Groulx seems to really rely on his veteran players. Other than Barre-Boulet, a lot of those other prospects don't get top 6 ice time or top PP unit time. Interestingly, Katchouk subbed in on the top line with Conacher and Mueller today for Smith who is banged up. He ended up scoring two goals and should of had a third that was waived off by a quick whistle.

Katchouk and Stephens are excellent penalty killers who I still think can play in a bottom six role at some point. I could see Raddysh being trade bait at some point this season.
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:58 PM
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One reason is that Groulx seems to really rely on his veteran players. Other than Barre-Boulet, a lot of those other prospects don't get top 6 ice time or top PP unit time.
Isnt part of his job to get the prospects ready? Wasn't that why Cooper got the nickname the Rookie Whisperer (at least on BP)? I get that you want the prospects to earn it, but to me it doesn't make a ton of sense to load a team up with vets at the expense of prospects with upside. But far smarter men than me are making the decisions, I'm just curious about the whole not seeing a lot of points out of guys I expected it from.
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:07 PM
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I think, more to the point, the prospect pool in Syracuse just isn't as good as it's been in previous years.
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Old 11-15-2019, 05:31 AM
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I think, more to the point, the prospect pool in Syracuse just isn't as good as it's been in previous years.
Obvious, but true, but the Bolts aren't picking until late in round one every year for some time. Call Foote at 14 is our earliest pick in some time. I still feel like they have some good talent there, but no sure fire, can't miss players beyond Foote.
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