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11-15-2012, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by lazerbullet View Post
How is that? Actually this is affected by the number of teams. When you had 6 teams, you had a lot less chances to shine. Now, with 30 teams a talented kid can play top minutes from the start and develop differently.

Imagine if Drew Doughty was drafted by Detroit. You think he's a Norris finalist in his sophomore year?
It's definitely true that it usually took longer for O6 players to get a shot in the NHL. Very few 18, 19, and 20 year olds got a shot at the NHL at the time. But I don't see a reason why the best defensemen wouldn't have gotten a shot eventually and usually sooner, rather than later.

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