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11-20-2003, 06:21 AM
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They needed to send him down. All of the expectation at 18 can be kind of destructive to a young goalie. He was a good draw for the Pens but isn't ready for full time duty. For goalies, it is not just the physical end of the game that is tough, but the mental part also.

The Pens need to look at the Islander mishandling of DiPeitro at the beginning of his carear for the "HOW NOT TO" develop a young goalie.

This will always be a problem for teams w/ low budgets or in "rebuilding" modes. The question is how soon do you bring the kids up? You can have a team of marginal NHLers who will have a losing record and draw little to no interest from fans or start the kids and use them to hype the team.

IMO, very few 18 and 19 yr. olds are ready for the GRINDing season that is the NHL regular season, and I am not talking just physically here. Playing someone 12 min per game doesn't really help them develop when they would be getting more icetime against younger competition, where mistakes don't cost the team the game. \

Too much pressure at a young age.

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