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10-14-2003, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Darz
Yes, Savard was just filling spots with vet's until the young guys are/were ready. It's not a fluke that vet's contracts run out about the same time the prospects will hopefully be deemed ready. That, I beleive was always the plan, and we are now seeing it in action. The key though, imo, is not to rush any young prospects, giving them the time to get ready. Burns in Minnesota, has obviuosly proven to Minny's coaching staff to be NHL ready, but you can't expect most 18, 19 and some 20 year old to be NHL ready with no or very little pro experience.
In Minnesota, Lemaire has stated that he thinks it harms a player's development to send him back to the juniors at some point. That's why they're keeping Burns with the team. Lemaire said he will insert Burns in the lineup against teams he can have success, and bring him in like he did with PM Bouchard last year.

I wish we could do the same with our top prospects like Higgins.

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