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03-03-2012, 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Rise from the Ashes View Post
I think both Beaulieu and Tinordi should play in the AHL 2 years each. Detroit is successful because they are patient with their young players and allow them to collect experience and confidence.

Sign one or two physical, good skating defensemen and retain Markov, Subban, Gorges and Emelin and we will be fine to leave those two Dmen in the AHL.
I don't think you can put players from different molds into the same confines of development path/time without seeing them both in the A first. All a guy like Tinordi has to do is be physically able to play at the NHL level. Realistically he is going to start in the AHL instead, but unless the goal is to try to turn him into something more than he really is (big, physical, intense presence on D), there's little reason to leave him "developing" in the AHL unless he has problems with systems/timing/speed/etc (which is sometimes the case, as we've seen bigger skaters who take a bit longer than "average" to crack the NHL).

A guy like Beaulieu, on the other hand, might be good/talented enough to make the jump right away, but he has the kind of skills and potential role that are best honed with a kind of practice that has an element of confidence-building to it. It's "easy" to come in and fit in (like a Tinordi can do), but it's another thing to come in and try to learn how to run and manage an NHL game from the back end ("quarterback" or primary puck carrier/mover) without the confidence of having developed some of that in the AHL first, imo.

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