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07-22-2012, 11:36 PM
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If any of these kids are truly ready, the Kings would make the room to fit them in.
They did so when Quick was ready to step in. They did it for Doughty, for Simmonds, for Clifford, for Voynov, etc. There's no reason for them to shove someone into a position they aren't ready for and they aren't going to hold back any young player if they could outperform veterans. We saw that happen with the Kings going with Dwight King and Jordan Nolan to replace Ethan Moreau and Trent Hunter.
I don't agree on this with you Ziggy.
To start with in JQ's case we had a very specific need and he filled it. JQ was our best alternative at the time and he turned out to be what allot of us thought he would be and more in some cases but we were desperate for a starter and he answered the call. Room wasn't made for him due to him being ready as much as we needed him to be ready and he stepped in (more complicated than that but that is the jist).
Doughty was ready at his draft and we didn't make room for him either.
We did make room for VV but only due to the fact that we had a need and addressed it by doing so and that action made room for him. JJ wasn't dealt to make room for VV alone is my point.
I am always the biggest proponent for bringing up kids when they are ready and am typically right in my assessments of their abilities and level of preparedness for the NHL but King and Nolan filled spots that were open more than people being moved to make room for them to come up.
Muzzin is NHL ready. He has been for two seasons now. Everyone in the org who has talked about him agrees. Sometimes it isn't so easy to make room for some kids to step up.
Would you have dealt away Scuderi to make room for Muzzin at the start of last year? I wouldn't have though I might have considered it this year partly due to the fact that Muzzin is ready and partly due to the fact that Scuderi is on the last year of his contract. Not saying it would be a good idea, just saying that there are circumstances where I would consider the move.
Even then, Muzz is ready but so is Hickey and short of making wholesale changes to our back-end we won't be seeing them replacing anyone this season.
My point is that when we had need and placeholders on our team (like Hunter etc) then it was allot easier to make room for our ready kids.
Now that we have solid vets or established kids already filling each position it isn't so easy to make room for the kids who are ready and waiting in the wings.
Our team has changed and is now in position to become a powerhouse for the next few years at least.
We have kids who are NHL ready that will have to wait their turn and that is one of the key indicators of a top notch franchise to me.
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