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06-20-2012, 01:52 AM
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Originally Posted by gcg View Post
Adam Larsson just got drafted last year and is 19 years old. Schultz at 21 and with 3 years of college hockey is much more ready for the NHL. If Schultz is paired with Edler next year, the Canucks will be a better team, not in trouble. From what I've read, Schultz is a very competitive person, so I don't think a "tolerant" environment would be a great selling feature for him. Edmonton has some terrific young talent and really that's its only selling feature that no other team can match. (It's also the 3rd closest NHL city to West Kelowna, which is ok, but obviously isn't better than Van.)
Vancouver is in "must win now" mode. There is very little tolerance for a young defenceman to find his legs over 20 or so games. If he starts to stumble in Vancouver they'll be forced to make a move sooner than in Edmonton. In Edmonton he will be a higher percentage contributor and competitive players love that. There are a lot of options to replace him in Vancouver, he will not be the go-to guy there. He will be on a sort leash as he would on any contending team. You guys can't afford to lose games while a rookie you put in a key position finds his stride.

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