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11-25-2012, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Zathronas View Post
I never believe that a year without playing can stop a player from progressing. It can affect older players who are in the prime or twilight of their career.

Unless the injury is lingering or the player has reduced mobility, it won't regress potential.
I disagree. Lost development time during your draft year or before making the NHL is more important than a lost year during a player's prime. Losing a year in the infancy of a career can have a major impact on future development and growth. History is littered with promising prospects derailed by injury.

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