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09-19-2010, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by snarktacular View Post
My worries with Fowler are less about him being able to handle the NHL for short periods such as training camp or a tryout and more about him being physically developed enough to handle an entire NHL season.

Sbisa actually looked pretty good through his first 9 games in 08-09. I saw like 2 or 3 of those games. Then he really hit a slump.
I share the same concerns with Snark.
Add the pressures of NHL expectations, media attention and relentless travel, and things become much more difficult for an 18 year old. It's easier to recover mentally from a couple of blown junior club games than fighting an unfair bust label or team skategoat (fans) in the NHL spotlight.

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