Thread: Confirmed with Link: Christian Thomas signs 3 year ELC
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05-18-2011, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by nyr2k2 View Post
Was Del Zotto rushed? I don't believe that he was. He absolutely earned his roster spot, and had a very good rookie season. That he encountered the dreaded Sophomore Slump doesn't indicate he was rushed. It happens to tons of players.

One player has nothing to do with the other. If Thomas shows he's ready, he should be on the team.
Not to mention that the development curve for defensemen is generally far different from the development curve for forwards. If he has a good camp, then he earns a 9-game. If he proves he can play in the league by Tortorella's judgment in that 9, then he stays (and I don't just mean if he puts up points). Otherwise, I'm perfectly alright with him playing another year in juniors. Contrary to popular belief, having a season in juniors that does nothing but give a player confidence is a GOOD thing.

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