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09-22-2012, 04:09 PM
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Yes it does when comparing their performance.
Just imagine we Switch Bishop and Mason from 20 to 23yo (mason turned 24 in may)
From 20 to 23yo Mason played 219 regular NHL game.
from 20 to 23yo Bishop did play 70+ game for the university of maine and 50+ AHL game
At 23yo Bishop was a AHL goalie with around .900, he had a breakout in his AHL performance once turning 24-25yo
Mason just turned 24, can we give him a chance to have his breakout too?
The main problem now about Mason is his salary.
So then in your opinion development has no real impact on realizing potential?
If all players where thrown into the NHL at 18, and didn't have any development time in the CHL or AHL, they would develop the same way, because it's all based on age only?
Because the Canucks took their time developing Schneider slowly - with 4 full years in the NCAA followed by multiple seasons in the AHL where he started as a backup and earned his starter role - and then earned an NHL role after being the AHL's top goalie and then had to earn his way to a starter role, after spending a lot of time developing, this makes no difference to his overall development compared to someone like Mason, who was thrown into the fire early, had tremendous pressure to perform on a bad team, behind a bad defense?
If Schneider was put through the same quick path to starter in the NHL that Mason was, would he be as good as he is now. If Mason was developed slowly like Schneider was would he be as bad today?
We've been hearing for decades (maybe generations) how developing players slowly is better for their overall development (now often labeled as the Red Wings strategy), and yet you suggest there's nothing to this and it's simply about age. Maybe the reality is that the Jackets just screwed up Mason's development and he'll never be as good as he was once projected - as we see so often through NHL history? Maybe when you take your time and develop prospects slowly with patience, it actually helps their development and they exceed the expectations that was once speculated.
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