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09-26-2003, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Munchausen
But playing Higgins in a defensive role first to adjust to the faster tempo and then move up as time go by is not a bad move IMO.
I am not saying that that is an unreasonable approach for your elite prospects. All I would be concerned about is too little ice time, undo pressure building up when the points don't come in the checking role, and the main point that Higgins is not going to be any more than an adequate NHL defensive guy this year. I'd personally rather see him develop his special teams skills at 23 minutes per game with the Bulldogs than play away from his strengths backchecking for 13 minutes per in the NHL. But both have their advantages.

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