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01-24-2013, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by fabricoh View Post

Nyquist has dominated the NCAA and the AHL but cannot get more than a cup of coffee in the NHL. Tarasenko played two whole seasons in the KHL. I know I'm awfully impressed.
And Tarasenko probably dominated the juniors and the MHL for three years before hand as well.

The Blues drafted guys like Tarasenko and Backes and don't have old guys like Cleary, Bert and Sammy to keep him from playing in the NHL. No, they give these guys a chance to develop and isn't it a surprise they actually develop. Meanwhile we've got guys like Gus Nyquist and Kyle Quincey - the latter being a first round draft pick - who are never allowed to sink or swim at the NHL level.
The reason the Blues have a lot of young players is because they sucked for a very long time and were eventually forced to rebuild. That means you draft talent and then stick them onto the roster while rebuilding your team into a competitor. Teams that rebuild tend to be very young. Just ask the Blackhawks and the Penguins. Meanwhile, the Red Wings have spent the past 21 years winning and making the playoffs. They've had every reason to keep prospect development at a steady and slow pace so as to reload when time need be. They've been able to afford that luxury. What you see now are the effects of having that luxury overlapping to a time when we can't afford that luxury.

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