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01-04-2013, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by 417 View Post
Exactly...if he EARNS a spot, how can you justifiy sending him back for reasons like his knee isn't 100% or that it's better for him to dominate in juniors.

That's complete nonsense if you ask me...
The problem is that he won't have a chance to "earn" a spot this season. There isn't going to be a pre-season in which he can do this. Just arbitrarily handing him a spot makes very little sense to me given the contactual downside and risks involved with an 18 year old playing in a men's league.

I have no problem with playing your best players regardless of outside factors but I don't see how they can determine his place in the depth chart without guaging him against other NHLers in actual game situations.

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