The Hockey News - - BUZZ - Tom Thomp­son has been an NHL scout/di­rec­tor/as­sis­tant GM since 1985

ALL SPORTS ARE LIKE box­ing. You have to knock out the champ in or­der to take his ti­tle. It is not enough to say the younger player “can” do cer­tain things bet­ter than the champ. He has to ac­tu­ally “do” them. Un­til that takes place, McDavid can­not re­place Crosby as the best player in the game, Matthews can­not re­place Toews as the best two-way for­ward and Kucherov can­not re­place Kane as the best small player. Kane has set the stan­dard. Kucherov has the po­ten­tial to match it or per­haps sur­pass it. Now let’s see him try to do it. It will be fun to watch.

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