Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp Good Example of Letting a Prospect Develop

September 4th, 2012 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of talented prospects in the organization looking to make their mark in the coming years. Several players may get their first extended runs in the NHL when the season gets underway.

When that happens, the best course of action will be to be patient and let those players develop. A prime example can be found at the top of the 'Hawks' roster, where Patrick Sharp is preparing to start a five-year, $29.5 million dollar contract.

Guys like Brandon Saad, Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin and Jimmy Hayes can't be expected to come aboard an established team and start racking up the points. Casting the tag of "bust" on any of Chicago's hopefuls can't be as simple as proclaiming judgement on a 21-year-old kid.

Not every NHL All-Star hits the league like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Some take time to develop into the players they have the potential to be.

Take Sharp, for instance. By some standards, Sharp was a bust for the Flyers, who made him a third-round pick out of Vermont in 2001. By age 24, Sharp had just 66 games over parts of three NHL seasons, totaling 10 goals and five assists.

Even after co ...

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