Shayne Gostisbehere(USA) & Valeri Nichushkin(RUS) suspended 1 game each
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01-02-2013, 03:39 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
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I'm not going to ask you to prove it, but you really didn't want a Ranger's prospect to play on the biggest stage? If not either of them, who would you have preferred?
Before the tournament I much preferred Gost. Skjei hasn't been doing much and was bottom pairing on the Gophers roster. He was also struggling down the stretch into the WJC evaluations and I knew he was likely going to struggle on the big stage against the best Jr. players in the world. From a pure development standpoint, it really makes little difference whether if Skjei played on the WJ team or stayed back at Minnesota. In fact, he's been getting more ice time right now with the Gophers than he would've with USA. He played really well against #1 seed BC. He's getting more ice time with Reilly at the WJC.
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