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11-02-2010, 10:45 AM
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That's pretty similar to what Tampa did with Stamkos his rookie year. Every three games or so, he would take the night off. This allowed him to focus more on conditioning. It didn't hurt to have Gary Roberts around, either. I've been advocating this approach for Turris since seeing the immediate rewards the Lightning reaped from it.

That said, I would say many teams view it as a waste of an ELC year or just a waste of money overall. Playing one player for 35 games or so necessitates having someone else to play the remaining 47. That's probably an extra $900k or so.

Still, while Stamkos alone makes for a really small sample size, he completely transformed as a player when this happened. 18-year-olds come bigger now than they did 20 years ago, but 27-year-olds come much bigger. These kids need more development than they're getting.

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