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01-11-2009, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Doc Madsen View Post
Don't forget that the reason a number of these guys have made the ransition is playing on the dogs, Timmons, Gainey, and even savard could have drafted almost anyone, but if they didn't get playing time and good player management at the AHL level we wouldn't be having this discussion.
Exact same reason why Detroit has been having so much success over the last 15 years.
Player development at the AHL level. When they call up guys, they already know the system and are already molded to fit with the team's mentality. This is what's happening in Montreal since Gainey and Timmins took over.

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