Originally Posted by Lint07
I'd like to see if 20 games in, people still feel the same about comparing those two.
(I personnally have Elliott in my team and am somewhat worried.)
20 AHL games in... I don't know.
I haven't seen a full AHL game this year.
Rundblad appears to be doing OK.
Elliott appears to be doing shit.
What's the deal? I don't know.
I'm not putting too much stock into anybody's AHL or KHL stats this year.
(Granted, I do like that the OKC kids are gelling... that's important. But I'm not investing too much in a guy just because he might be top 5 in the KHL or AHL in scoring.)
Here's another sports example:
*Five years ago, my wife & I were watching the Georgia Bulldogs... we watch every game. I told my wife that Matthew Stafford would be the #1 overall pick in the draft because he had a great NFL game. His interceptions were due to his receivers not being able to catch balls he throws with pin-point zip. My friends said I was crazy... but Stafford went #1. If his receivers can catch his balls, his stats look great. If they can't catch them, his stats aren't great.
Because I haven't seen Elliott play in the AHL, I can't comment on why his stats suggest he is slumping.
I have liked everything I've seen from him in NHL games.
Some players excel with good surrounding talent.
Some players excel if the surrounding competition is weak.
These are two very important and very different
This is why some 50pt players in the minors can still be 50pt players in the NHL.
And it is also why some 90pt players in the minors never cut it in the NHL.
The jump is different depending on what conditions are needed for a player to excel.
So... I'm going to speculate here... but I'd guess that Elliott isn't playing well because he's surrounded by a bunch of chumps at Lake Erie.
Just my guess.
From what I've seen, he's too good to have numbers like these.
Again - just my speculation.
I wouldn't peg Elliott down at all just because of his AHL stats.