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06-12-2004, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by SmokeyClause
He scored less goals, but Hartnell was a much different situation. Hartnell was 18-19 in his rookie year. Tootoo was 20-21. Hartnell may have only scored 2 goals, but he had twice as many points as Jordin. While Tootoo drew a lot of penalties, it would likely be considerably more beneficial to his development to have him spend next year (or atleast part of it) in Milwaukee. As Eriks said, the lack of ice time for such a raw player isn't good. While learning on the fly is nice, it's hard to learn with 5 minutes of ice time. He would do well by playing in crucial game situations in Milwaukee. In my opinion, he should have been sent down last year. Yeah, he draws penalties. I'm willing to sacrifice that small aspect so that we can have a better player in the long run. The only negatives I see with sending him down to the A are confidence (and this guy has no problems with confidence) and getting cheapshotted severely by an AHL goon.
if he made it through juniors, he should be able to make it in the AHL

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