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11-09-2012, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Roulin View Post
Historical precedent. It's hard to find NHL top 9'ers who weren't at least top AHL'ers on their teams at 23 year old.

If Quailer is being outplayed by 20 year olds, is it reasonable to expect he is going to catch up? Younger players generally have more development ahead before they reach their ceilings.
No, it's not unreasonable at all. I completely understand your logic behind this. However I disagree. When a player has a skill set as rare as Quailer does, you can wait for him to properly develop. He went the NCAA route, players rarely leave before their senior year. He's still young and don't forget that he lost an entire year of development, it could explain why he's so raw at his age.

He's had some great flashes of what he can do, lets wait to see what he can do with more pro experience before writing him off due to age.

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