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12-09-2012, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Nash View Post
International tournaments and playoff runs are huge development opportunities. There is way more pressure in winning this tournament than playing a handful of AHL games in the middle of a long season. Many NHLers will tell you how much this tournament meant to them to play in it and how much it helped them become the players they have. And obviously it matters to Ryan since he choose to play.
Mattering to Ryan is simply an emotional decision on his part. He wants to go because he's never had a chance. That's fine. Obviously any potential development issues aren't going to be severe (a position I agree with).

The thing to note about those that play in it and say "it's great" is that when they did it, they did it with and against their peers. How many players have been Calder trophy candidates and then went back to the WJC the following year and said it was great for their development?

The important thing to note too, is that players need to learn how to win those "meaningless" games in the middle of the doldrums of midseason. The Oilers in particular have been notorious for good starts only to have the rails fall off in December and January. The great players are the ones that can continue to play great, day in and day out, regardless of what time of the season it is.

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