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2011-2012 Rangers Prospects Thread (Juniors, NCAA, International, Other)
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07-12-2011, 02:01 AM
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I have always had an issue with physically developed bigger players playing in the CHL over NCAA.
To me those players are better served facing older more mature adults in NCAA hockey rather then mostly underdeveloped kids in the CHL.
Big mature players plowing through smaller players doesn't really help long term development a lot of the time. Exhibit A: Grachev.
I agree with this. The general rule for me is that it's best for smaller players to go to the CHL and play an extra 20-25 games while developing their skills against talented opposition, but bigger guys need to go play college hockey so that they aren't just plowing over 16/17 year olds who are still 140 pounds. In college, they have to face opposition players who are 18-24 years old and have developed adult bodies.
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