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12-05-2012, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by topched View Post
Devo Smith-Pelly is a great example of why teams are hesitant.

Its a great experience, but you're playing against better competition at a FAR more intense level then in jr/ncaa and obviously nhl training camps. Guys push themselves harder are willing to sacrifice more etc. All it takes is one play to possibly derail their season.

If you're the Panthers or the Hurricanes you definitely don't want to see Huberdeau or Murphy injured while not in uniform. It makes it a tough decision.
Yeah, but here's the thing, though. This only really concerns players who teams think have legitimate shots at the NHL this year. Now, unless the player is currently injured, or recovering from injury, how can potential durability be a "legitimate" concern playing against U20s - considering they are being seriously considered for a permanent position in a compressed NHL grind? It sucks when an injury like Smith-Pelly's happens, but if challenging and evaluating assets is of any importance to a professional hockey organization (and we know it is) then keeping them in glass jars until NHL game day just isn't feasible or logical.

Heck, if teams thought like that they'd have to consider eliminating practise from the routine because of the daily risk, etc. These guys are already playing everyday in jerseys that don't belong to their NHL organizations, so I don't see them stressing on the "risk management" side of things above legal/logistical concerns (call up constraints, ELCs, RFA years, etc).

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