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12-02-2011, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by punkr0x View Post
But if there are guys in the AHL who do have the footspeed to play in the NHL, why aren't they winning the Eddie shore award? Tyler Myers is the exception to the rule, but most NHL players spend at least a year or two in the minors. Is 24 too old to make the jump? A seasoned veteran in the AHL, too slow for the NHL? Since most hockey players hit their prime between 25-30 I would think he's still got some time to improve (although less than other players who get called up earlier).
Some players play a style that suits the NHL, while others play a game that suits the AHL/Europe.

Those who play a game that suits the NHL are usually not able to stay in the AHL long enough to pile up the points to win the award.
Those who play a game that suits the AHL stay down there for that very reason, which means they are able to pile up the points required to win the award.
Career AHL'ers also become very familiar with the AHL game and get good at exploiting rookie mistakes (which are not as prevalent in the NHL) and do so frequently.

The somewhat lower compete and intensity levels in the AHL also play a part, as it allows for skill to take over a lot of the time.
In the NHL, compete level and intensity play a much larger role because more is on the line, so you can't get by purely on just skill.

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