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12-28-2012, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Jiggyfly View Post
I never expect us all to agree, or there wouldn't be much to talk about.

I am of the belief that playing on the third line/pairing in the NHL is much better than the first line/pairing in the A, because there are a multitude of benefits. You are playing in the best league in the world and will reap the benefits much moreso than big minutes in the A. You are getting NHL level coaching, playing with and agt elite talent, learning what it takes to compete night in and night out, etc.

Most importantly of all, when another player goes down or is playing poorly, a young kid on the NHL roster has a much better chance of filling that spot, than one down in the A. Your coach is seeing you every night and if you do well, he will feel comfortable moving you higher up on the bench when the situation arises.

Obviously if a kid is playing limited minutes, being scratched, etc, then he is better served getting big minutes in the A, ala Tangradi last season.
In Tangradi's case, if the NHL coach doesn't like you, it really doesn't matter where you are...NHL fourth line or AHL first line. Otherwise, I agree completely.

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