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05-29-2008, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Gaebriel View Post
Frolik was strongly hyped at the start of last season, then saw his stock fall after a mediocre season in the Czech Elite League. Loaded with talent and offensive creativity, the shifty, versatile Czech forward has incredible offensive upside, and has often seen his skill set compared favorably with Jaromir Jagr. Frolik decided to come to North America this fall, and he will suit up for the young, talented Rimouski Oceanic squad in the QMJHL. He will see quality minutes and be able to adapt to the North American game early in his career. He played as a boy amongst men for the past two seasons, and thus his experiences in the Czech league should help make for an easy transition with Rimouski. The sky is the limit for Frolik offensively, however one must be cautious not to over-hype him.

I'm not sure what that means, but at any rate it's unimportant to my original point.
He played in the Men's Czech League before he was drafted is what the quote in bold meant. Playing with/against players his own age in major junior might be looked at as a step backwards, but everything in NA is different (more games, smaller rinks, more physical, different language), so I think it was a good decision to send him there to learn everything and gain confidence ala Radulov.

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