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07-31-2008, 01:18 PM
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I have a problem with Nikulin missing the rookie camp too. For me the issue is he would be giving up a great opportunity. If he can dominate against other rookies then he creates a very positive impression. And then if he struggles a bit in the main camp the team will still have justification for an attitude like "Don't worry. It will come. This guy will continue to get better."

If, on the other hand, he just shows up for the main camp and struggles a bit then they won't have any recent positive memories. He'll just look like he's not an NHLer. Not that they'll give up on him, but he could easily move down a slot or two on their Bingo Call-up List.

I don't think it's arrogance. He's a smart guy. He just doesn't seem to be thinking about anything except the work. Perceptions are important. It's like he's a hockey geek. Socially unaware.

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