Thread: Prospect Info: Prospect Talk PART V
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01-14-2013, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by bluechipbonzo View Post
Dan's right- Nino and Donovan could make the team, it's just not a necessity right now.

And that's taking the big picture...Donovan has room to grow, same with Nino.

Are the desperate enough for bodies that they should hinder top prospects' development is the question.
Either Donovan is good enough to make the Isles a better team right now, or he's not. If the team feels the Isles can win MORE games with Joe Finley, Matt Carkner, Ty Wishart, Jon Landry then Donovan stays in Bridgeport.

Same for Niederreiter and Strome. If they aren't better than: Tavares, Okposo, Moulson, Nielsen, Grabner, Boyes - they stay in BP and Niagara. (I wouldn't put either of those in the bottom six at this stage.

We have to think the Isles know best about Nino's ability today, versus last year, versus what his potential upside might be. Capuano and Snow saw him all season last year and I'm sure was watching him closely this year in the AHL. Same for Donovan and Strome.

I have no problem with them in the AHL (and Strome in the CHL).

I think BLINKMAN's got a point though, no reason to think Donovan won't continue to improve or develop once he's on the Islanders. In fact, his development would be REQUIRED in order for him to succeed. The idea around "defensemen take longer" means at the NHL level as well as prior levels. Facing NHL forwards only happens in the NHL so Donovan will require sheltered minutes and coaching and mentoring at the NHL level no matter how many seasons he plays in the AHL.

I'd rather have Donovan as a bottom pairing dman over Wishart or Landry. I do think the additional minutes and responsibility is a good thing for Donovan (and Nino) in the AHL, but playing behind a guy like Streit and Martinek and facing forwards in the NHL is a necessary and valuable step to NHL hockey. Does he HAVE TO get it now? no. Ultimately, I feel comfortable either way.

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