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10-23-2012, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by DuckJet View Post
Why is it "permanent" damage?
Because it's time you can't get back. As players get older, their learning curve levels out. An 18 year old almost always has a steeper learning curve than a 22 year old, for example. Losing development time can have a real impact. I won't say it ruins players, but it's like a speed bump on a path to the NHL. The clock continues to tick, but the player is slowed down.

The bottom line though is that every player is different. No two players are going to develop the same, or respond to lost time the same way.

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