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12-09-2012, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
The question started out to be whether Nugent-Hopkins would grow or benefit more by continuing to play in the AHL or by playing in the WJC. I'm not suggesting that he would in any way grow by playing in the WJC, but neither will he be harmed by missing a month and a half or so from the AHL. My opinion is that the level of hockey in the AHL is markedly below the NHL, and that in fact much of the NHL is steeped in mediocrity. Athletes get better by competing against those who are as good or better than they are, not those who are clearly not as good.
You directly said that

The level of play at the WJC is likely higher than the AHL
which would sort of suggest you think that he'd benefit in the U20s because it's higher than the AHL.

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