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09-20-2012, 09:30 PM
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Athletes may develop at different rates, so it's risky to assume that one player's career path will follow that of someone else. Also, one factor that doesn't seem to be taken into consideration is that some draftees prefer to get in a few years in university before entering the NHL. Whether that be one, two, three, or four years is an individual decision. A cynic might suggest that a college player who delays turning pro is fearful of failing but I doubt that that applies in most cases. Let's not project our own impatience. After all, none of us was drafted by an NHL team. In my youth I would have been overjoyed to receive a hockey scholarship but, alas, in addition to not being rugged enough I had no talent to offer.

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