Sunday, July 16, 2006

Platt's fight to the top

Strangely enough, the Columbus Dispatch has been one of the most prolific U.S. newspapers when it comes to hometown coverage throughout the summer, as I've seen at least one Blue Jackets story every day the past few weeks. That's pretty impressive.

Today's edition has a nice runthrough on a skater I hadn't heard a lot about, Geoff Platt, who went undrafted and was battling just for a spot in the ECHL after a pretty successful junior career. The reason? Well, he's 5 foot 9, which has historically been code for 'undraftable' — even if the kid had 45 goals in his last year of junior hockey.

Platt went on to light up the AHL last year with the Blue Jackets' affiliate, scoring 30 goals in 66 games and earning a short promotion to the big leagues:
A year ago, Platt celebrated his 20 th birthday. His junior career was over, and he had few prospects in the professional ranks. The forward found his way to London, Ontario, to make a pitch to Don McAdam, co-owner/ coach of the Dayton Bombers, the Blue Jackets’ ECHL affiliate.

Platt sat on McAdam’s livingroom couch and made a plea.

"He wanted the opportunity to get to the American (Hockey) League, and that’s the only kind of player attitude we want," McAdam said.
I've always found it ridiculous when players go undrafted because of their height, especially guys like Platt and Martin St. Louis. Even phenomenal talents like Mike Cammalleri fell deep into the second round, despite the fact he's going to be a perennial 30-goal scorer in the NHL.

I think that's something that's going to finally change, and it's about time.

6 Comments:

At 9:45 PM, July 16, 2006, Blogger DCThrowback said...

I guess the NHL model of putting teams in mid-sized American towns with no other professional sports competition is finally paying off.

I've seen a couple of games in C-bus over the life of that franchise and Columbus fans have the pleasure of watching games in a great arena. In addition, they are loud and supportive. That franchise deserves better - and I hope someday they get it.

 
At 1:51 AM, July 17, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I've always found it ridiculous when players go undrafted because of their height, especially guys like Platt and Martin St. Louis. Even phenomenal talents like Mike Cammalleri fell deep into the second round, despite the fact he's going to be a perennial 30-goal scorer in the NHL.

This shit has been happening in sports forever. See Jeremt Brown in baseball, and Doug Flutie in the NFL. Scouts are retards.

 
At 3:23 AM, July 17, 2006, Blogger Achtungbaby said...

I know we're talkig about the exception rather than the rule here, but there is 'some' method to the madness. It's a physical game that takes it tole. When you play it, you feel it.

Some of us never played at a level near where we could be described as 'pros'. This isn't soccer or basketball. This is physical stuff.

 
At 1:30 PM, July 17, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

The point is you judge someone based on how they actually perform, rather than on how you will assume they perform based on their appearance.

 
At 2:11 PM, July 17, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It's a physical game that takes it tole. When you play it, you feel it.

Still, I think that's true at every level of hockey, and if a smaller player proves he can make an impact among bigger guys in junior hockey, he's at least worth drafting. There's no way a kid who scores 80+ points in junior should go undrafted in the later rounds — even if he's 5 foot 5.

 
At 2:17 PM, July 19, 2006, Blogger Drew said...

Some of us care about more than football, here.

I'm surprised by the coverage as well, and I think that this is the kind of coverage that will be required to continue to grow hockey in Columbus.

There are over 1,000 kids (and nearly as many adults) playing hockey in the local youth and rec leagues. It may not be Buckeye football to many, but hockey is definitely moving up the ladder.

 

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