Predators Prospect Updates - Pt II
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03-30-2012, 03:57 PM
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I'm very surprised, normally they let those guys finish their degrees. I suspect it's either A.) he's very close to being NHL-ready, or B.) there's an off-ice issue (read: academics) that would keep him from playing any further at Northeastern. I guess there's no real way of knowing for sure.
Having watched a ton of Northeastern this season, I can definitely say that option "A" isn't it. As good as Bitetto was with the Huskies this season, IMO, he just isn't NHL-ready yet - not even close.
Another option could also be playing for first year head coach Jim Madigan. When Greg Cronin left NU (he's Madigan's predecessor whose now with the Maple Leafs), some players were "uncomfortable" (for a lack of a better term) with the coaching change, especially the ones who really loved playing for Cronin. Mind you, this may or may not have been the case with Bitetto, but it might/could have been.
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