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12-09-2012, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Crymson View Post
Ilari Filppula was too slow and too small. He was given a chance during preseason and did not perform. Whatever the case, excellence in the AHL does not always translate into success at the NHL level. Just ask Alexandre Giroux and Keith Aucoin, both of whom were megastars at the AHL level but could not maintain a job in the NHL. Much the same, success in a foreign league---even the KHL is included in this---is by no means a certain indicator of prosperity in the far faster and more physical NHL.
That goes both ways too. Some guys who excel in the small rinks and crash-and-bang style of the NHL have struggled to play on the larger international ice surfaces (Pronger) or the KHL (E.Kane).

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