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You are 100% on all accounts. The only exception might be - " ...the top NE Prep prospect going into the 2018 draft may do well in D1" might not be accurate. Even at the D-1 level you see these guys exposed and they remain such a liability defensively you wonder if it's worth it. Look at the undersized kid from the south shore playing D at BC. He basically is Tory Krug at the college level. Roll him out for the P.P. and then put him on the shelf. Terrible, terrible defender - always has been. I talked to a USHL coach about him a few years ago and my comment was 'when will a coach have the guts to move this kid up front?' Heck, he's a good enough skater he might even slot in as a second or third centerman and the coach just rolled his eyes.
1000% right on Krug. He often looks like a bantam player out there throwing the puck, beatdown in the corners and in front of the net, turnover machine, no reach at the blue line. I have to laugh when the announcers say "A BLAST FROM KRUG FROM THE POINT!" What? A 85mph muffin from the point would make a high school kid blush. To me Grzelcyk has passed him by a mile already. Wait a month or so and Krug should be moved before he ends-up riding the bench which would hurt his trade value....oh hold on, it's the Bruins front office - that's exactly what they will do. Sit him for 4-6 weeks and then try to get a third rounder for him and pick-up part of his contract to boot.
By 'you've been there' do you mean swilling bud light in the lockerrooms in Marlboro?