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12-04-2012, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Szechwan View Post
I'm not sure I buy the argument re: his physical immaturity. He's scrawny, but so is Raymond and he's generally held up to the rigors of NHL hockey.

I agree with the premise that it's never a bad thing to let a guy bulk up before sticking him in the show, but developmentally it was best for him- he showed he can hack it.
You'll all point to his shoulder as evidence to the contrary but that injury was caused by a rut in the ice; could have happened anywhere.
The Canuck franchise's hopes have never been hung on Mason Raymond, he had also had some AHL seasoning and joined the Canucks at the age of 21 whereas RNH was only 18. The Oilers didn't have any need to rush him, but they did regardless.

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