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11-15-2012, 01:08 PM
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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.
that doesn't mean he would be norris caliber any faster.

and to somewhat backtrack on what I said, yes, the pool of defenseman with a shot at the norris is bigger now, but only by a really small amount, and certainly not anywhere near 5 times. 5X as many teams (and therefore 5X as many #1 defensemen) does not mean 5X as many great defensemen. They are the same players either way.

Imagine if Drew Doughty was drafted by Detroit. You think he's a Norris finalist in his sophomore year?
This has nothing to do with the "talent pool" argument. this is about opportunity within one's team.

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