Jesse wrote:I like that we are already writing off the kids ability to play in the NHL. That's rich.
Armchair experts. Everyone here can evaluate a player's whole career just by some YouTube clips of them under the age of 18.
People are referencing a video from Youth Teir II. A league Lafferty wasn't even supposed to be in. He scored 25 points in 7 games in that tournament, and held the brakes on from completely embarrassing every kid on the ice. His dad coached the team, and he showed up to play. His talent level is about 5x of what that video shows. There's no reason for him to be there other than to get time in a quick seasonal tournament to keep his legs fresh.
Deerfield, the prep team he played on, runs a gauntlet of good teams every year. He's good enough to be first round USHL caliber. The kid has all the tools to actually develop into a fairly solid bottom six guy in the future. Whether or not he makes it depends on quite a bit, but writing him off that easily is just plain silly.