NYI Preparing For Quick Turnaround
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01-07-2013, 12:43 PM
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I don't understand stuff like this. Donovan is far from a Reinhart(18) or even a Mayfield(20). He's 22 years old(drafted the same year as Hamonic, who's been in the NHL for 2 years now). On top of that he's basically spent 1 1/2 seasons in the AHL to this point(as well as a 6-game stint in 2010-11 where he racked up 5 points), where he's had some some pretty good success. I don't know what another 3 or 4 months in Bridgeport will really do for his development at this point, other than make the Islanders worse considering, as you said, who our other options are.
IMO, Donovan has more than paid his dues. If he isn't on this team it won't be because the Isles don't think he's ready, it'll be because someone else beat him out(again, highly unlikely).
There's no one there to beat him out. With Lubo coming up with more crap Donovan might well be forced into a role too big for him too soon. If Lubo stays in Europe the islanders are left with basically three defensemen of NHL caliber (Streit, Hamonic and McDonald) and will be forced to rely heavily on the likes of Carkner and Donovan which cannot bode well in the long run.
If the Islanders are serious about contending this year then they need more experience and more depth.
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