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11-13-2012, 05:01 PM
Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Then how did Koivu not fail as well? Did he not go through the same system that couldn't develop young players?
Actually, he didn't. He stayed in TPS and became dominant there first. But that said, it's more complicated than just failing to develop players. There were some injury issues with some of those guys, and some of them lacked traits even while still being good prospects... like skating, or drive (Chouinard). It just doesn't always pan out, regardless of development quality. And sometimes does despite it. Etc. As an overall general trend, though, it did seem like the Habs lacked in the development department in that era. But it's better to leave as a fuzzy generalization than to try to argue it quantitatively or by specific cases, because it's not really a subject that we are well-equipped to tackle that way, there are simply too many variables and too many unknowns.

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