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02-01-2005, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by sjb3599
I think size and conditioning is a factor as well. Putting young players the size of a waterbug on the top line against some of the most hard-hitting defensemen in the world is just asking for injury. Particularly players coming from leagues where physicality is less prominent, I think it's a good idea to gradually ease them into the North American style.
I'm not saying that Prucha should be on the top line, per se. I'm arguing against the feeling that every player that comes over from Europe will need time in the AHL. Older and more developed forward prospects with years of elite league experience should should not have a difficult transition to the NHL. The change in ice surface can affect d-men and goalies quite a bit, but not so much with forwards.

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