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10-06-2009, 04:36 AM
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Obviously anything can happen, but this guy has already done something that no other prospect in recent times has done. You don't need to play DEL, it's not like those who have got more than a few minutes here and there.

It's not like he couldn't play DEL, he just doesn't want to do it on a regular basis, because it's just a bad idea. It doesn't matter how talented you are, DEL-teams don't really care about that. Would you rather see a top-prospect get goon-like minutes in the NHL or lots of icetime in the AHL?

If you look at where the players like Gogulla or Flaake got most of their icetime at that age, it was in juniors. Those few minutes in the DEL don't add much. Kühnhackl, on the other hand, doesn't get the bulk of his playing time in juniors, he's already playing fulltime in a men's league, and has done so for more than one year now.

Plus, there is a noticeable difference when you watch them play. There is just something all the others didn't have.

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