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12-22-2011, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by eyeball11 View Post
While I'm glad you got this part (most don't) you overlooked the part where they all spent time dominating lesser leagues BEFORE they even got their 3rd line chance (in my world 3rd line would largely be used as a developmental line). Anyhoo, have a look:

Jeff Carter #11 overall

19 years - Returned to junior
20 years - Returned to junior + some AHL
21 years - NHL lower lines

Mike Richards #24 overall

19 years - Returned to junior
20 years - Returned to junior + some AHL
21 years - NHL lower lines

Claude Giroux #22 overall

19 years - Returned to junior
20 years - Returned to junior
21 years - AHL + NHL

James Van Riemsdyk #2 overall

18 years - Returned to college
19 years - Returned to college
20 years - NHL

Henrik Zetterberg #210 overall

20 years - Returned to SEL
21 years - Returned to SEL
22 years - NHL

Pavel Datsyuk #171 overall

19 years - Returned to Russia
20 years - Returned to Russia
21 years - Returned to Russia
22 years - Returned to Russia
23 years - NHL

Jiri Hudler #58 overall

19 years - Returned to Czech
20 years - Returned to AHL
21 years - Returned to AHL
22 years - Returned to AHL
23 years - NHL

There are many more examples but suffice to say, given Kadri's performance at every level and the fact he just recently turned 21, he is EXACTLY on schedule with where he should be and his organization is treating him EXACTLY the same as organizations who are successful at developing high end forwards treat their forwards.

In short, nothing to see here. My personal hope would be to see a line of guys like Colborne, Kadri and Frattin developing on the 3rd (though Bozak needs a spot too).
Some Leafs fans need a break, after all developing top line players properly is a new concept, they need time to adjust.

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