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12-10-2012, 07:18 PM
Where's the kaboom?
Join Date: Nov 2006
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Not all of those are 3rd-pairing guys FYI.
Doesn't address the ability to trade away players or not sign them to make room.
Playing on the 3rd pairing as a rookie does not hurt you.
That is how most defensemen and stars have learned. Playing in the AHL at age 23/24 can hurt you, if you are a player like people claim Smith to be.
Then again, he is not exactly tearing up the AHL, so maybe he is exactly where he belongs. Which would mean he doesn't deserve this hype.
I think it can. I think it comes down to responsibility, and what a player is given. Most of those stars you're talking about likely started on the lower end, but moved up quickly, and/or were given respectable minutes and special team opportunity. Honestly, I don't know enough about Detroit's situation to say one way or the other, but there is no doubt that on some blue lines 3rd pairing minutes can mean very different things.
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