wprager wrote:I've been having this gnawing feeling since around the mid point of last year, that the Senators are really screwing up Lazar's development. We didn't use a mid 1st round pick for another Jesse Winchester (The Winch was a college free agent, wasn't he?). This kid is supposed to be a leader and right now he's leading nothing -- he's not among the team's leaders in hits, blocked shots, takeaways, plus/minus or any defensive stats you can think of and he's certainly not providing any measurable offense. If anything -- and I was saying this last year -- he is holding his linemates back (I think Condra could have had a career year last season if he had Puempel or Prince there for a full season -- probably cost him a couple million over the course of his contract).
Fans overrate first round picks. If you get a third liner at that spot you did well. But he wil more than that. He's on the Dustin brown Ryan Callahan track without a doubt.
If you expect a fourth liner who is 20 to be a leader right now, you are expecting too much.
I basically agree with Ev. You have to look at the projection and the developmental arc. If you try to look at a 20 year old and define his game at this point, you're setting yourself up for a disappointment, IMO.
Look at Hoffman. People were ready to cut anchor there and he's blossoming into a legit goal scorer. Be patient, Prags.
Difference being, Hoffman spent a LOT of time in the AHL. I'd have all the patience in the world if Lazar were there, personally. And I think that's how his potential is maximized. But whatever really.
I'd agree with that, but it's a different point than the one I'm trying to make. All I'm saying is that, like Hoffman, it's hard to qualitatively rank someone's game at that age. I think it's worth waiting before we get upset that a 20 year old isn't leading the team in statistical categories.
Not sure you got my point, either. I'm not expecting anything from him right now, but if he is not producing, not even a little, then he'd be better off elsewhere. The NHL is not a development league. I feel his development of suffering up in Ottawa.
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