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02-08-2009, 04:29 PM
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Our guys are still young, and it takes time to build a winning culture. Guys like Zajac and Gionta developed within a winning NJ system that IS better than ours, but that doesn't mean the Habs will suck forever. Our prospects are great, and they haven't been ruined yet. You just have to be patient. It takes a long time to clean up a big mess like the one Houle (or Corey) caused.
Our prospects are developing well, but they're not going to spit out Zajac or Parise-type performances. They'll take longer than that. The next wave of prospects - after the current wave - will develop quicker. Look at San Jose. They've been good for a while, but they haven't sniffed the Cup yet, and it's taken them until this year to have their prospects such as Vlasic and Setoguchi blossom.
but this goes back to my original question. What do these teams do differently. We are talking 10 years now of very little star power that has manufactured by this organization. A winning atmosphere sure helps. Is it the fact some teams have their minor leagues use the same system so a player can come up and now their role and expectations? Are we putting guys in positions to succeed with proper supporting cast? Are guys being restricted in their development in order to improve other areas of their game.
Montreal seems to be getting guys to a level and not beyond. We all see flashes of Higgins and AKosts but why can't they hit that next level.
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