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06-08-2008, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Vakar Lajos View Post
While I don't think Hugh will be anything close to Bertuzzi or anything of the sort, a lot of people forgot he lost a whole year of hockey due to injury.
I'll add this to what you said... he also was not playing at his highest level (or even close to it) when he returned to Dartmouth's lineup. The thing that has always puzzled me is why didn't the Rangers just keep him at Dartmouth for another year to allow him time to heal and get back into development mode instead? It wasn't as if the Rangers were going to lose his rights if they did.

I just feel that, in this particular case given the circumstances, Jessiman and the Rangers would've been better served had he been able to stay another year at Dartmouth. I think Jessiman would've been better prepared for the physical (especially) demands of the pro game and the Rangers might have already been able to bring up, even for a few games.

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