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11-02-2003, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Skebo
Miller and Fox just mentioned that Murray has said that Dustin will be staying even though he isn't dressed tonight. They also said that he might watch from the pressbox occasionally throughout the season.
They seem to think his development will be better playing at the NHL level, even if he doesn't play every night. This may be true, but I don't think it's true if the kid gets less than the 10 minutes per game he has been averaging.
It's becoming more popular to do this with prospects who have an NHL game, but who aren't mature enough yet to take a full season of beating without being overly hard on themselves when they screw-up. Minnesota did the same with PM Bouchard last season, and they seem to have done the right thing... i believe that boston also did this with Joe Thornton, and Thornton has been heard to say that it was very beneficial for him as a learning process to play 10minutes a night (or less) but get to watch the players do their thing... even guys who are solid pros (Sheldon Souray for one) have said that press-box time can be very educational in terms of learning to "think the game" faster.

Good luck to Dustin, and if he has troubles remember that at 18 some time in the pressbox will help him more than playing when he's overthinking or being too hard on himself when he's inconsistent.

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