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06-02-2008, 07:04 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
If the best way to develop a player is to automatically give him top minutes, then how come Dawes wasn't just stuck on the first line in the beginning of the year, and why wasn't Staal getting 22 minutes a night? The point is that players get the amount of icetime they can handle. That is why you see some rookies jump right onto the top lines and others are on the bottom for a while.
Along with what squishy is saying about players physically not ready to have the job, the mental aspect is here to. Let's be honest here, a guy like Zaborsky is a project, and is more likely to fail than succeed. If you just stick him on the first line after playing a whole 2 games in Hartford last year, then what are you making him work for? If you put him on the 3rd line, then he has to work his way to the top, thus making him a better player in the long run.
If you think that Jessiman and Huchinson and whatever all possibly leaving is suddenly going to open a bunch of spots then you're wrong. The Rangers clearly would sign a few other players to minor league deals...
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