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12-25-2012, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Jacob View Post
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.
With a guy like Morrow, I disagree. Despres never proved himself in the A and he got the call. I didn't think his play in the A warranted a callup, but he once again showed why performance in the A isn't the end all, be all.

I think the Pens are very good at rounding out young blueliners and can't see Morrow getting pigeonholed with his overall talent.

What he can do for their PP and transition game, is more than worth living with his mistakes in his own end. Martin and Michalek made rookie mistakes all season and neither of them can touch what Morrow can do offensively.

Originally Posted by bigd View Post
He hasn't really even bolstered the PP in WBS yet.
He hasn't had much of a shot to, and the top PP is ass anyway. As I said, there is a woeful lack of talent on WBS.

The Pens PP has elite, world class talent and Morrow's ability to Qb the PP is a rare skill no Pens blueliner has. The Baby Pens PP is more like watching the Keystone Kops.

Huge difference.

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