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10-29-2012, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by worraps View Post
I agree with you that RNH should be released to play in the WJC but ... there are a couple compelling reason for having him skip it:

1) It will be a downgrade in competition from the NHL infused AHL.
2) As early as next weekend he'll be playing with his NHL linemates in OKC (Eberle and Hall) so if they are kept together they'll be able to transition to a lockout shortened season (starting in say mid January) with a lot more ease than most players.

Personally, I think those two points are outweighed by the opportunity to excel playing some very pressure packed games but it wouldn't be entirely unreasonable for the Oilers to disagree with me.
Those reasons are really weak, in my opinion. Good players paired with other good players are going to be good together. The whole idea of chemistry is over-rated. And while the competition may be a bit weaker, the intensity and importance of those games are something all players should experience.

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