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11-10-2012, 12:50 AM
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It would be stupid if the Flames let Gaudreau turn pro next year. He is a guy that MUST not be rushed. Give him the full 4 years, let him bulk up. He shouldnt be in the NHL if his weight is not at least 170-175. The dude is 150 ish pounds. It doesnt matter how talented he is he will get man handled by NHL defenceman at that weight.
Gaudreau has a good shot at being an NHL player, but impatience will only hinder his chances.
If he puts up 50+ points this year, what will he have left to prove? I'd much rather challenge Gaudreau by having him play against pro players in the AHL then letting his development stagnate in the NCAA. There are plenty of guys <170 who are effective NHL players.
By the way, I wasn't suggesting he jump to the NHL right away. He would have to dominate AHL competition first. NHL ready in 2014/2015 at the earliest.
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