The only point i was trying to convey with the Connauton/Schroeder comment was this:
If the WHL really is on par with the NCAA in terms of competition then how does a kid who went through an entire draft plus 2 rds before getting picked, and who did even put up a PPG last season in the NCAA and is now over a PPG in the WHL, out produce a 1st rd pick who was over a PPG in the NCAA and set the all time scoring record for American born players at the WJC.
Actually, Connauton wasn't a point-per-game player in the NCAA last season. Not even half. He was just under 0.5 PPG, which is actually not bad for a D-man in his first year of college hockey.
How did this thread turn into a debate of whether juniors or college hockey is better?!
Even if everyone here on this board agrees that college is the better option, he was in a really bad program last year at WMU. And I think if he wanted to transfer to another school he'd have to sit out a year or something. Not sure why, but it doesn't make any sense unless it's a punitive measure for bailing on your school? But then that'd really screw up his development if he had to miss a year. So for K-Con, the junior-vs-college debate is kind of a moot point
. As for Schroeder, however... I mean, his program isn't quite as bad, but you have to wonder what's going on with the Golden Gophers when both the Islanders and the Canucks have expressed concern about that school.
Also, I'm sure the Canucks will make the best decision as to where he plays next year, whether it be an overage year or in the pros with the Salmon Kings or Moose (hopefully the Moose of course if it's off to the pros for him). He's played against grown men before at WMU, so it might not take too long for him to adjust to the pros. The only thing would be the grind of the long regular season which he's already learning to deal with right now. The continual rise in his +/- is also very nice to see. He hasn't been putting up as many points recently as he did before, so I guess his defensive game is really shaping up and he probably hasn't been taking as many chances as he used to, so his offensive production will drop a little. But I'm willing to accept that if it means he'll be more reliable in his own end. Those offensive instincts that he naturally has and uses so well on the PP won't really go away, I don't think.
Edited by Canvoucer Vanuck, 02 March 2010 - 12:25 AM.