Phoenix Signs Oliver Ekman-Larsson To Entry-Level Contract
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05-24-2010, 10:35 PM
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If people want an example of prospect development going wrong look no further than Joe Thornton. His playoff rep comes directly from Boston mishandling his development by giving him too much responsibility WAY too soon.
I don't disagree with this at all, but I don't think we're debating whether it's too much responsibility for OEL at the NHL level. The question is whether he's physically ready...I think more than 50% already think he is mentally ready.
I think Turris is the better example, and that said, I'd argue it's easier for an undersized d-man to break into the NHL, than it is for a forward...especially when comparing a skilled d-man to a skilled forward.
A forward needs to be physically able to hold onto the puck, whereas a dman will typically be trying to get rid of the puck when facing physical pressure. It's not nearly as uncommon to see a d-man move the puck back towards his own zone as compared to a forward who has to get the puck deep in the offensive zone.
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