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01-21-2013, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by DEVILS ALL THE WAY View Post
You might be right... But why not send him back to Albany, where he can actually play and improve his overall game instead of watching games and have Harrold as a #7?

Wouldn't Larsson benefit more from playing heavy minutes in the AHL instead of zero minutes in the NHL?

P.S. the fact that Adam made us a "favour" when he signed his ELC, only for him to be in the press box right now, would leave a sour taste in my mouth if I where in his shoes.
Would you agree that we're one of the better teams in the league in terms of letting players develop properly? Lou and Deboer know what's best for the kid. There's no way he's going to be a healthy scratch for 82 games. Something will be done with him.

Besides, look at all the 1st rounders from last draft. Rank them by games played in the NHL so far:

Couturier - 89
Landeskog - 83
Larsson - 70
RNH - 63
Zibanejad - 9
Scheifele - 8
Baertschi - 5
Huberdeau - 1
Hamilton - 1
Rakell - 1
20 other players - 0

Only two players taken in the first round of his class have played more NHL games than him, only one of which has played in more playoff games. He's played more NHL games than 26 of the others COMBINED. Does he want to play? Yes. But the fact is he's miles ahead of practically everyone else in the draft, I guarantee he's thankful to have played the amount he's played, he will get back in the games sooner than later, and he's going to be one hell of a player.

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