Posted by hockey-101
I get where you're coming from - the appetite for rookie pheoms in hockey is bizarre and insatiable. But the name of the game isn't to get the kids into the NHL as fast as possible. Plenty of kids are given too smooth a road to an NHL pay cheque and end up crapping out in short order because there's too much pressure too soon. Daigle, for example. He had 20 goals and 51 points in his first year in the league - second on the Senioritas. That's one more goal and one fewer point than Bergeron had last year to lead the Bruins. He had an even-more respectable 37 points in 47 games in the shortened season - .79ppg or about 60 points for a full year. Injuries killed him in his third year, but he was back to 51 points with a career-best 26 goals in his fourth. Then the pressure of being the annointed one got to him - in an era of 120+ point Art Ross winners, 51 points for a #1 overall scoring star in his fourth year looks weak. He played for four NHL teams over the next four years, retired to become an actor, came back because he was broke and in his second year of his come-back matched his rookie totals exactly with Minnesota. He's in Europe now where he can be a ppg player in the Swiss league. Who knows what might have happened if he'd been given a chance to develop away from the glare of a brutal franchise in need of rescue?
The only people who benefit from draftees making it immediately are the draftees, their agents, and a car dealer somewhere who sells a crazy ride to a kid from Saskatchewan who's never been in a vehicle made later than 1985. Teams benefit from putting draftees in position to succeed. If that means the first step is back to the CHL, then a year in the AHL, so be it. That'll be Colborne's route, and there's nothing wrong with that.