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07-30-2004, 03:04 PM
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Fletch
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it's not a matter of underestimating what the Hartford coaching staff can do, it's a matter of a person developing physically and mentally and being ready to take step to the next level. There's a lot to be learned at the college level. There's a lot of good players, and if you're not up to speed there, or not dominating, perhaps you need some more time to learn the tricks, enhance speed and mechanics, and so forth.

As far as Taylor...I haven't seen him a lick and will rely on those who have seen him. It does appear as though he can use a bit of work, from what I'm reading. There's nothing wrong with being on a top pair, going against top lines, playing 20 minutes per night at the college level prior to turning pro. That is great experience, even when compared to playing in the AHL, which could be, for him, playing on a third pairing getting 7 minutes of ice time, often a healthy scratch, and quite possibly even shuttling back-and-forth b/t the ECHL and the AHL. If it ends up being the latter, then perhaps the former's better for him. Of course some feel that he ain't getting signed unless he's ready, and hopefully he is ready, but the jump from college to the AHL is not always a no-brainer.

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