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06-27-2012, 09:22 AM
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This is something you alluded to in your last paragraph, but don't you think it depends on the player? Some players may benefit a great deal more from staying in the SEL than crossing over to the AHL.
The only possible benefit that I can imagine is that a young player may need one more year at home to mature as a young man and prepare for the culture shock of playing on a new continent.
From a pure hockey perspective I can't imagine how this league would be more beneficial to a young players goal of playing in the NHL. I suppose an arguement could be made that the kid is just too good to play in the CHL but is not strong enough to play in the AHL. That would be a very unlikely scenario for a kid who was just drafted as they would truly have to be some sort of phenom to be considered too good to play in the CHL at 18 years of age.
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