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01-26-2013, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Sorinth View Post
So does this mean you are in favour of playing Galchenyuk 20min a night on the 1st line for an "extended tryout"?
Galchenyuk has been given a spot. 13 minutes a night with decent linemates. I don't think they'll bench him if he makes one error.

Originally Posted by Sorinth View Post
Desharnais started the season as 3rd line center and PP specialist. He was given an opportunity due to inhuries and ran with it. He made it impossible for the coach to return him to that 3rd line spot, he earned it and wasn't just given the spot.
A good example. Desharnais was given the opportunity to replace Gomez because Gomez was injured. What if Gomez had not been injured? Injuries come and go, sometimes you have a lot, sometimes you have less. Relying on injuries to develop young players like Desharnais is not an optimal way to develop a team, as it introduces a lot of risk.

Look at Eller for example. He'll be given his opportunity if Plekanec suffers a major injury. If not? He'll be a bust. That's not an optimal development strategy.

Originally Posted by Sorinth View Post
Internal competition is a good thing, if every thing is handed to you then it creates the dreaded country club atmosphere.
Nothing is being handed. They still earn a spot so to speak by excelling at their previous position, for example Galchenyuk dominating the OHL.

However, we should not expect Eller to get 50 points from the 3rd line.

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