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04-14-2004, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by slats432
Yep, the situation was identical to the one you are in now. Edmonton's franchise, they sign an agreement with Montreal and that took away from the development of Edmonton's prospects.
Disagree with the notion that the shared affiliation hurt the development of Edmonton's prospects. Semenov, Bergeron, Hemsky, Conklin, Torres and Stoll were all on that Hamilton team that lost to the Aeros in the Calder cup last year. They all played full time in Edmonton this year. In addition two or three others from that team saw part time duty with the Oilers. Having both teams top prospects not only helps the team but the prospects from both clubs who play harder to get the majority of ice time. Compare that to our Aeros who beat them yet supposedly had no one who could make the Wild???? Whose team suffered? Or which teams management recognized the talent in the minors and cut loose the deadweight?

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