Jury Still Out on Stalberg, Hanson

May 17th, 2010 by Ryan Fancey Leave a reply »
Though it seems like a cardinal sin to question any college signings made by the Maple Leafs in the past year, breaking these guys down has to start somewhere.

Since I’ve spent too many words on Tyler Bozak in past articles, right now it’s time to take a look at the other two thirds of the frat pack; Viktor Stalberg & Christian Hanson.

Hanson was signed as a free agent last spring, while Stalberg is a Leafs' pick who decided to take a college route after being drafted.

Usually fans don’t want to pipe up with any criticisms of any prospect.

“He’s only 20 and developing into his frame” they’ll say, or “They drafted him for the player he’ll be three years down the road.”

This is often true, but with these college players the Leafs have stocked up on there’s one thing to realize; these are 24-year-old men. They may be considered projects, but they shouldn’t receive all the niceties of a newly-drafted prospect.

The window for these players is much smaller than those who have gone the traditional draft-prospect route, and so it should be. Doe ...

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