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11-15-2012, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Blind Gardien View Post
Yeah, I see Nate Thompson has just 1 G in 13 games... whether it's ECHL or even some of the European leagues some of these NHL players are going to, it really shows there are a lot of good hockey players in the world, and how fine the line is between those masses and the NHL.
People also underestimate how going from playing with NHLers to playing with ECHLers can impact your game. It's not just that you're playing with worse players, it's that you're not used to playing with worse players...or against them for that matter.

I remember when Sean Burke went to the AHL at the end of his career, he said he actually found it much harder to adjust to compared to playing in the NHL. Due to the lack of a high skill level, players were more prone to shoot from anywhere, or to crash the net, and the fluid systems from opposing teams that he got used to in the NHL were nowhere to be seen. I always found that interesting.

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