The payoff for fans is to see young players matriculate towards their goal and arrive at it with steady progress. It doesn’t always happen—the chances of a No. 40 overall pick playing 100 NHL games are 34%—so when it does happen, it’s cause for celebration.
In the comments section below, our friend Swedish Poster delivered a very valuable link and was kind enough to pass along a (sometimes) hilarious and poignant interview with young Anton Lander. The link is here, and the following is from SP: