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, Kevin Hasbrouck
> So I guess Robert Nilsson's WJC tournament is over now and his
performance was totally unexcusable as has his season in Sweden has
I don't feel that way at all. From everything I have read he is
being played like Bergenheim and Papineau were here and how
Bergenheim was played last year at Jokerit, which means he has to
wait his turn and it may not come for a while or this season. If he
does not see the ice he is not going to get much of an opportunity.
Nilsson also plays in a professional veteran league. It's not the
college league Parise is in. The level of competition is much
<< When he was drafted alot of scouts were concerned w/ his dropoff
since he was 15 when he was considered the future #1 overall pick.
When you consider this year, you come to a very negative
For me, when he finally get's an opportunity on a teams top two
lines we will know a little more. He was rated high enough going into
the draft where it was not a reach for him to be taken where the
Isles took him. So at this time (and for a few years at least) I have
no conclusions to draw from his numbers after 2/3's of a season in
the European Leagues where he is not playing enough.
<<< To make it worse Nilsson will always be compared to Zach Parise
who seems to be on his way to being named All Tournament 1st team
Forward. My guess is when The Hockey News does their Annual Prospect
Rankings in February Parise will be ranked around #5 and Nilsson
Here's the thing. Parise's team is favored to win and has a major
role on his team. Nilsson's team is not expected to win and who knows
if he is the key player on his team. This is a week-long tournament
where players are thrown together.
Patience my friend.