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09-26-2011, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Pantokrator View Post
I'm thinking high drafted players. Obviously there were highly drafted players who have failed and did not receive any NHL time, but I don't think they were ever seen as NHL ready. I would venture to guess (and have read in THN) that those 3 Phx players (Turris, Boedker (sp?) and Tikhonov) were all rushed and suffered for it. It seems that at worst, when a player is kept too long in junior or college, the worst thing that can happen is that they can pick up bad habits. But if you rush a player and he doesn't play well, he likely loses playing time and confidence, two things that are vital for a young player. The dangers of rushing a player are far worse than the dangers involved in keeping a player down.

Which is why I think this axiom is an illustration of selection bias more than anything.

The best argument for holding a player back is a bit more slimy: delaying his RFA/UFA status.

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