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05-12-2004, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Leafaholix
When you're talking about a European prospect that just came over to North America last season, age has a large role to play in it. He has less experience then Ryder and isn't as mature mentally to play in the NHL.

You don't want to throw him onto the top 2 lines because he's not eligible to play in the AHL... he has to play himself onto the roster. The best move would be to send him to Europe for next season, and not just stick him on the Habs because he's been suspended from the AHL.

The Habs haven't had great luck with 20, 21 year old players over the years... Ron Hainsey, Marcel Hossa, and Jason Ward being a couple examples. But I'd say Hainsey has been a disappointment for different reasons, his attitude and the fact that defensemen take longer to develop being the two major ones.

Good point, but you never know until you try!

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