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02-24-2011, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Media Savvy Lee View Post

I look at it this way:

If Thomas stays in the OHL for next year:

2012-13 (OHL) -- 50 or 60 goals
2013-14 (AHL) -- 15 or 20 goals
2014-15 (AHL) -- 25 or 30 goals
2015-16 (NHL)

If Thomas goes to the AHL next season

2012-13 (AHL) -- 15 or 20 goals
2013-14 (AHL) -- 25 or 30 goals
2014-15 NHL

The last thing you want to do is waste this kid for a full year in the OHL. I though we were wrong in doing that with Sanguinetti.
The only other option is having him in the NHL. If he's not ready for that, what do you do? Sanguinetti wasn't ready for it, so I don't know how you can say we mishandled him.

If a player is going to make it, an extra year at a lower level isn't going to deter him. It may delay him a little, but it won't stop him from reaching the NHL. I have no worries about Thomas. He has the skills and the on-ice awareness. I think for him it's just about being physically ready for the NHL, and that will take time no matter where he's playing.

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