Thread: News Article: I don't heart Brian Wilde
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01-11-2013, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
It's underrated around here because it's meaningless.

You think Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn't develop well last year?

You think Kopitar and Brown didn't develop all those years that LA was out of the playoffs?

You think Crosby didn't develop in his rookie year when his team finished in the basement? Ovechkin?

And so on and so forth.

Players will develop just fine if they have opportunities. The advantage of a strong team is to have players to pass the puck to and from, and to be able to experience the playoffs. But we are the team we are. A basement team. It will have to do and we can start making noise in the playoffs in 2015-2016.
The only ones that won anything out of those guys are Crosby, Brown and Kopitar. So 50% success rate. I think it's as simple as winning is contagious, and so is losing. Pretty sure this tank stuff is reserved for online chatter and that in actual NHL circles it's not part of the equation. You play to win.

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