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01-21-2013, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ITM View Post
That's precisely the case. And then when players are brought up from GR, it's typically to play on the 3rd and 4th lines, until they are familiar enough with the defensive requirements necessary to play Red Wings hockey.

Successful clubs impose stages of development as the norm, precisely because that is the norm for an NHL professional. Rare is the player who is instantly prolific.

Hopefully Kadri's combination of AHL experience, renewed dedication to his fitness and nutrition equates to permanent position with the big club. But rightly so, it's ready when it's ready.
I've been saying this for so long it hurts. Philadelphia (another of the top developers of forwards) does the same, giving most of them (not all) a few years and then starting them on the 3rd line.

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