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12-09-2012, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by alanschu View Post
We can argue until the cows come home about the level of impact it will have on his development, but anyone that sees attending the WJC as being a positive for his development has blinders on.

The reality is people want him to go to the WJC because he's an excellent player and will help tip the scales in Canada's favour.

For Ryan, he'll have fun and get to experience something that he wants to do, but it's not the best decision for becoming a better player. Most of the players he'll be playing against won't even get a lick of ice time in the AHL, let alone the NHL. They definitely wouldn't be productive AHL players now. This goes for most of his teammates too.

As for how much this will affect his development is only known based on how much challenge he is getting in the AHL. He's playing well, and if he's not finding the league particularly challenging, then going back to play in the Juniors will not affect his development much.
He is going to be in a leadership role in an international tournament that is a very high pressure situation based on Canada's expectations. If you can't see how that alone will help in his development, you are the one with blinders on.

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