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05-15-2011, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by macavoy View Post
This is one thing I don't buy. Just like I don't buy those who said "benching Subban for 3 games would ruin him / his confidence". Subban / Eller are not made of glass, they won't be ruined by spending more time in the AHL.

You could send Subban down to the AHL now and it wouldn't ruin him. If good players are good, they will be good. Its that simple.
If it's that simple why even send Eller down since there won't be any point. How many successful NHLers play a full season in the AHL putting up good numbers as a 20 year old rookie, play a full season in the NHL with ups and downs on the 3rd/4th line, then not make the team the following season at all? This is a development path that isn't common. Why? Players don't want to be in the AHL when they think they're NHLers on the last year of their contract. Never said it'll ruin them, it's just not proper development which is more likely to be detrimental than positive. It also affects management/player relationship (see Halak, Pacioretty, Sergei Kostitsyn).

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