Habs’ Fans In Panic Mode About Cole Caufield

With Habs’ fans, it’s too often all or nothing. The team sucks or they will win the Stanley Cup. A player is the best or he’s hated and should be traded. A prospect is either a steal (how often have we heard that mentioned about the last couple of drafts?) or he’s a flop… at 19 years old, before playing a single game in the NHL. And in comes the great Sam Pollock with his timeless quote about the Montreal Canadiens’ fans: “[Fans] have their favourites and strong emotional attachments with them. A sports administrator who wants to be successful can never think that way.”

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Habs’ Prospects: Media And Fans Need To Breathe

What do the words likelihood, hope expectation, anticipation, odds, probability, possibility, dream, candidate and possibility have in common? They are all synonyms of the word prospect. It is not attached to the words certainty or certitude. Further, the words immediate, prompt, instantaneous, rapid, hasty and expeditious are not related to the word prospect. With that in mind, why is it that some members of the media and the fan base are slotting prospects into the line-up immediately, or in a year from now? Or why do some write them off too soon? Unless someone has a crystal ball, it is premature to pretend knowing where a prospect will be in his development at that time.

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