Blindenbacher recalled (reassigned 11/30)
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02-16-2011, 06:03 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
And like I said earlier in this thread, in your minor leagues, you've got organizational players and you've got prospects based on what their projected career path is. Larsen is projected to be an every day NHL player, quality TBD, and therefore he is a prospect. They will always get the benefit of the doubt in call ups, ice time and other intangibles. Blindenbacher was an organizational guy who could have, if he blew everybody away, worked his way up into a prospect or potential NHL player. But being a little better right now, especially given the significant age difference, was not going to cut it.
Of course, prospects can bust or become marginal NHLers (hi Niskanen!), and organizational players can become key cogs on NHL rosters (hi Robidas!). You can't count on definite development in one way or another.
But there is only so much ice time and resources to go around even at the AHL level, and teams have to make decisions on which guys they are going to invest their effort in. Larsen is clearly one of those guys. Blindenbacher performed well but he was always going to be starting way behind the pack, and especially with the injuries, he didn't outperform them enough to catch up.
As for Stephan, he is not an NHL-caliber goalkeeper. The only way the Stars screwed up his career is by showcasing that to the other NHL teams by playing him.
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