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07-06-2012, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Habaddict View Post
I think it is clear that none of these players, other than LeBlanc
should play in the NHL next year. But LeBlanc will have a whole
uninjured off-season to improve, and build some strength. I think it
is an open question where he would be better off next season. Most
likely training camp will show whether he should stay or go back to
the AHL.
And I agree that developing on winning teams is a good thing. But
how much it means is very individual. Obviously you know this kid
and I don't. But he never seemed to me like he would be harmed by
playing on a loosing team. These things are by definition tough to
evaluate. So if he shows up in camp capable of playing 13-16 minutes
in the NHL on a weak team, that may be the best long term choice.
I agree, Leblanc wouldn't have his development hampered by being on a losing team. For me I'd like to see him in the AHL playing on the top line and racking up the points instead of being shuffled back and forth from the NHL and AHL. But I would think that if the roster stays as is, then he will likely get a long hard look at camp.

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