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12-08-2012, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by GKJ View Post
Right. In fact, they way they views Sbisa was the complete opposite than "giving up." He was inexplicably rushed to the NHL, and they were fortunate the Ducks bought in, because by the time they got to see him on the ice they didn't think the same thing.
Yes, it is clear that the Flyers overestimated his curve... but I believe they hadn't changed their expectations on his future. The Ducks apparently agreed on his potential.

Sbisa is still a very young player playing a position that takes more time to develop... Most players, no matter the position, do not shine when they jump from Juniors with eligibility remaining, IMO, so giving up on a 22 year old D-man with potential can prove a bad decision... But if the Ducks thought they'd be getting a World-beater they could plug in, it was to the Flyers advantage... that is, had Pronger not had that freak accident.

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