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01-29-2013, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Professor John Frink View Post
Totally agree with this.

Etem, Rakell, even Vatanan(mainly because who sits?) just feels rushed.

Certainly the Ducks could sign guys to the league minimum at this point to fill 4th line roles and play 8 minutes a game.

No sense in eating a year of Rakell's ELC.

No sense in rewarding Etem for a very average start to his pro career.

No sense in calling up Vatanan if he isn't going to play. Because again, who do the Ducks sit if Sami gets in the lineup?

Part of what I envy about how Detroit has been so sustainable over the years is the great lengths they go to not to rush a player along. Making sure they are mature and ready before the just throw them into the fire so to speak. I wish the Ducks would take a page from that book when it comes to developing talent.
The Admirals don't play until February 1. Let me ask you this, would you rather have Etem playing in the AHL All-Star Game and Vatanen picking his nose in Norfolk or both of them practicing in the NHL?

Rakell either takes Bonino's spot or he's sent down (most likely the latter).

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