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12-18-2012, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by LeBlondeDemon10 View Post
Lafleur. My question is, and I direct this to the guys that saw early Lafleur (I saw later Lafleur 1978 and onwards), does he benefit more from a stint in the AHL, going to a weaker team where he gets more icetime, or was he handled the best way possible?
Oh, he was absolutely handled the best way possible insofar as I can remember. He was born to wear the bleu-blanc-rouge and game-ready right out of Junior. Beyond talented, incredible skater, extremely confident. Far lesser players, even in the preceding 06 era stepped into the NHL from Major Junior. There would be no holding Lafleur back. Far too valuable an asset to "season" in the minors. He was already head & shoulders better than most of the league even as a rookie. That guy played the game with tremendous grace & elan. Got you outta yer seat.

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