Ursa Major wrote:Holl, Bjugstad, and Gardiner need some time in Juniors before they play for the Gophers. Bjugstad did not help his stock in the state tournament. Blaine did not win a game. He won't be a first rounder any more and will slip to the second round watch and see. He is getting a reputation for being a lazy player in big games which is not a good way to go with the draft coming up. Lucia should revisit his decision to bring him in next year and send him to Juniors like he did with past players who have not stepped up in big games.
I'd be more than happy with Holl and Gardiner playing junior hockey next year and I do believe that is what will happen. I am particularly happy that Holl would be going there as I think he has real star potential with a year of junior.
I can see far more of a case made for Bjugstad to come in next season as he has the skill level (particularly the shot) to make the jump. Yes, he'll need to fill out physically (like most 18 year olds do)... but the choice is bring him in now and get an extra year of eligibility out of him that we probably wouldn't get if he played a year of junior. I can see why they would take their chances next year since the need to increase the goal scoring is there. One thing nobody can question is the kid can bury the puck. With that reach and his shot, he could be a nasty threat on the power play. The good thing for him is he will not be the #1 focus of the other team next season.
You are very narrow in scope if you think pro scouts only consider two games in assessing his future as a prospect. They pretty much watch him all season and they know what he can do. A one or two game stretch is not going to break a prospect. He pretty much singlehandly put Blaine in the state tourney with his 3rd period performance in the section final. Is that not a "big game"? Also, how can you consider a kid "lazy" when he is getting double shifted?
Whether he ends up in the 1st or 2nd round is splitting hairs anyway.