Why smaller prospects continue to be undervalued

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The debate within the NHL and hockey in general over player "size" -- and the merits of that attribute in player evaluation -- has raged for decades, but it is an important issue. The success of players like Johnny Gaudreau and Tyler Johnson in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs has only escalated the discussion.

Some decry the usage of small size as a knock on a player, while others argue such a viewpoint is inherent in a basic understanding of hockey and scouting. There is a reasonable middle ground, and important context to be understood.

Here's why small players continue to be undervalued at various levels of the sport and why smart teams will continue to exploit this market inefficiency.