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05-28-2004, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Prucha73
And how exactly did you determine that they aren't ready?
And how do you determine that they are? Because they put up a point a game in the WHL or scored 25 goals in a Czech league? Maybe because they were a 20 goal scorer for an AHL team? Maybe its because they are a 21 year old draft pick as opposed to an 18 year old?

Workouts, practices, training camp, scrimages, interviews and general time are a good start to determine if they are or are not. No matter how good someone is when you draft him or even with how they play in the minors, it's impossible to tell just how ready someone is until they see ice time. And even then, no matter how ready they are, there are always adjustments that need to be made. How do they make these adjustments? From some of the veterans on the club that provider leadership as well as the coaching staff.

Prime example of someone who people thought was ready this year... Nycholat. Got called up after the trade line bombardment and the kid literally fell on his ass he was so nervous.

When rebuilding, the veterans are there to provide leadership, mentor and toss in some stability. The rookies are there to learn, prove themselves, and develop in an attempt to hit their potential. A team of 90% rookies and second year players will be as good as a one legged man in an a$$ kicking contest. You have to have the veterans there to fill their own role of the rebuilding.

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