Quote from: Significantly Insignificant on August 20, 2022, 10:14:41 AMCan't keep trading away pics and expect that to happen.Quote from: lamajama on August 19, 2022, 08:52:19 PMQuote from: Significantly Insignificant on August 19, 2022, 02:06:49 PMQuote from: Zee on August 19, 2022, 10:53:13 AMQuote from: Significantly Insignificant on August 19, 2022, 09:23:11 AM
On the Nick Robertson front, I think part of the problem is that the Leafs "NEED" some of their prospects to contribute. The cap has made it that way, so people are expecting him to come in an provide scoring depth and take a roster spot at a really cheap cost. This could be a problem if the Leafs start rushing prospects. We'll get back to the old narrative of "The Leafs don't know how to develop players". To be fair, I always thought that was a bit of an incorrect assessment of the Leafs.
In Robertson's case he was drafted 3 years ago, so I don't think he's really been rushed. In this day and age players are coming in ready to play at young ages, so hopefully this is his year.
I think that every player has a different timeline. Matthews could step into the league at 18 and contribute right away. Marner needed another year. In the case of Robertson, I worry that cap pressure will cause them to put some of these players in a situation where they won't be in the best possible position to succeed. Based on what I have seen, it looks like Robertson needs a little more seasoning. He has all the tools but he needs a better toolbox. He just looks like he is a half step behind the play.
As previously posted his significant injury fortune and covid have not allowed him to really settle in and just play
Right, and that is the point. If you read my earlier posts, my fear is that they won't give him that time to develop. Take a look at a lot of the line combinations that people have here for the coming year, and people are penciling in Robertson to play on the big club in some way shape or form, and the reason they are doing that is because of the cap issues that the team has. If he isn't ready to play in that role, then that is a mistake. If he needs the time in the AHL, then it is better to let him play there for the year to gain that development time.
The flip side of that though is that the Leafs need cheap young depth to start coming through the system.