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12-25-2012, 10:54 AM
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You may not "ruin" a player by putting them in the NHL too early but you will stagnate their development.

If Morrow were to play sheltered minutes in the NHL then he'll end up being pigeonholed as a power play specialist. He won't ever learn how to play in defensive and PK situations by watching from the bench. That's why the AHL is there, to develop their game - their ENTIRE game - in the minors.

I partially disagree that sheltered minutes in the NHL is better than big minutes in the AHL. Only after a player has proven themselves in the AHL should they graduate to sheltered minutes in the NHL.

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