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10-04-2010, 02:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
All good points Lev...its not like Im going to be upset or something if Stepan makes the squad full time.

For me, it comes down to this issue - are we propping this kid up because we are so incredibly weak at the center position?

Has he truly shown that hes a surefire NHL talent right now, or are we making him one to rush him into attempting to fill a massive team need?
I can only speak for myself -- but I want the kid in the NHL because its up here he can develop his offensive game.

The AHL is a solid league, but the game is all about going up and down the rink, N-S to an extreme, and its not the place for a player like Stephan to fully develop his offensive touch. Instead a player like him would learn to deviate from what needs to be done offensively and take short cuts instead, because that works in the AHL.

Do he have all aspects of the pro-game pinned down? Nope. But neither did Bäckström for example.

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