2013 New Jersey Devils (Team News, Player Discussion - Part III)
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01-21-2013, 07:52 PM
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Lucic went back to juniors the year after he was drafted and joined the Bruins as a 19 year old (second year post-draft). Matteau would be making the team as an 18 year old in his first year post-draft.
What the Devils have to do is decide whether the short term gains outweigh the long term benefits. Look no further than Zubrus. He was drafted 15th overall by the Flyers and they "rushed" him into the NHL. It could've stunted his development, we will never know. From what I see on Matteau, I don't want to take the risk of stunting his development and him becoming like Zubrus. I'd much rather see him go back to juniors and round out his offensive game to contribute as much as a Lucic does. He can be a hell of a player, and it's not like he's making THAT much of an impact right now.
Major assumption that Zubrus playing so early stunted his growth. How many guys have been drafted and were allowed to "develop" in the Juniors/minors never amounted to anything?
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