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12-05-2012, 10:28 AM
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ONLY RNH would be playing NHL this year...

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.
I know everyone is concerned about losing players who may be NHL ready or at least invited to a camp this season. BUT IN REALITY, no NHL team is is going to waste a year of an entry level contract on a half season; especially when these players are still 18, 19 years of age. Huberdeau, Murphy, Hamilton, Jenner, Strome, all the 11 guys that ones have mentioned will not be called upon to play in a shortened season. More than likely, just the camp. But if they make the WJC roster, i'm pretty sure their NHL owners would want them there competing against the best in the world at their age; instead of at training camp with outta shape NHL players. Just to be sent back to their respective junior teams and then miss out on the WJC. Only elite talent would make a NHL team and play especially in a shorten season. Like a Crosby, RNH, etc.

Really only RNH and Murray(injured) would've been a possibility of being lost in IMO. Obviously you never know, what a NHL team is thinking especially with prospects. Just like I'm sure many ppl will be surprised by the players selected for the final WJC roster for Canada.

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