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01-14-2013, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Zip15 View Post
There's two sides of that argument, though. On the one hand, there's "Why burn a year of his ELC when the team won't be contending?", which is essentially your position. On the other hand, I think the argument could be made that now is precisely the time to break him in and get him used to the NHL, that way he'll have already experienced some of the growing pains when next season starts.

The way I see it is that the growing pains are inevitable, regardless of when he gets his first experience. Most Sabres fans don't have high expectations for the season--best case, IMO, is they finish 6th-8th and they play a tight 1st round series, thereby allowing some of the young guys to get more playoff experience--so why not get him some experience now. And "burning" a year of the ELC isn't as big of a deal now that Pegula is around and Buffalo has the wherewithal to re-sign its own stars.
Well there's the idea of not burning a year of the ELC as well as not rushing him and having the high expectations hurt his development, or the switch to the higher level make it difficult for him to work on the weaker parts of his game.

Not to mention Buffalo won't be SC Contenders next year either, so next year could just as easily be his "growing pains" season.

Next September he'll just have that much more experience, should have added on some muscle, etc.

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