What are you even rambling about? What either player did in their junior careers means nothing now. The fact that Hodgson was a great junior player means nothing now. Until he strings a few seasons together in the NHL, the sample size is too small to predict what kind of player he's going to be.
Trying to gauge a players career path based on their junior career is about the most idiotic thing you can do. Are you one of those people who thinks they can predict a players entire career based on a season and a half of being in the AHL? Maybe you're the one that should talk to the Canucks scouts.
How a player does in the NHL is all that matters. Why would we follow our prospects otherwise? And the bottom line is Hodgson has had an extra year over Kassian to play in the NHL, so it's not even a fair comparison. If there was a season this year, Kassian may very well have been on the third line and putting up points just like Hodgson. We won't know until he gets that chance though. You keep ignoring the fact that Hodgson never ripped it up in the AHL before coming into the NHL and playing well.
Who said anything about predicting what kind of player they are going to be? They are players now! and one can argue who is better NOW.
I guess with your logic we can't compare Stamkos to Crosby because Crosby has been in the NHL longer??!!? boohoo that's not fair to Stamkos!!!
Telling others to STFU because you can't handle anything that will comprimise your hard-on for Kassian is BS and you should stop trying to rack up your post count by being a douche.
Edit: Nothing you has said is any reason why we can't compare these two hockey players. If Hodgson was a football player and Kassian was baseball player I would agree. I would even agree with you if one of them was a goalie but since they are both fowards, around the same age, playing the same game... they are infact comparable.
Just because you have to wait years to determine if a hockey player has any value doesn't mean everyone else lacks the ability to see a player for how they play in the present, wherever they may play (Be it the NHL, Juniors or AHL)
If being good in junior automatically = being good in the NHL the Alexandre Daigle wouldn't have been one of the biggest busts in history
I'm sorry where did I say being good in junior = being good in the NHL please enlighten me because I don't see where I said that oh wait I didn't, so either you read a couple of lines and jumped to conclusions or perhaps you have mental challenges (in which case you have my sympathies)
Edited by Aladeen, 18 December 2012 - 12:16 PM.