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05-12-2004, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Beakermania
Uh, how bout patrice bergeron going and skipping the AHL completely and playing top 6 duty for the division winners at 18 years old. Or Trent Hunter being a top 6 player coming from the AHL. Their are some guys who are not picked in the top 10 of a draft and do this every year, sure some guys don't, but who is to say if Perez can or can't make that adjustment till we see him in camp and/or some games in the regular season.
What Patrice Bergeron did is extremely rare. That's something you see once every 7 or 8 years maybe... a kid at 18 making his way from the QMJHL to playing on Team Canada's World Championship squad.

You can't compare the two.

As for Trent Hunter, well he was 23 years old at the start of the season and has played over 200 AHL games. Much like Michael Ryder... they've "paid their dues".

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