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02-02-2013, 04:09 AM
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Eddie Shack
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The idea that any player has "done all he can" or "has nothing to prove" is just an unprovable opinion. Just because a teenager plays well in juniors does not mean he is ready to play in a man's league with all the responsibility and pressure that comes with it. They are still teenagers with next to no real world experience in either life or professional sports.

DSP was very mediocre last year until he came back from the WJC injury. The first half of the year he looked like a pee wee player when he got the puck on his stick. He couldn't wait to get rid of it. BM could have signed 20 guys to produce as well as DSP did in ANA. Sure, I supported him and always looked for the best because he was here, but it wasn't a great move having him.

Rakell has looked fine so far but similar to DSP last year he isn't the missing piece to a Cup run. Let him go back and develop more, especially now that he's had a taste of what it's like and what it takes to succeed here.

Sami could be different because I will agree that where he played in Finland was pro and more comparable to the A. But he still is far from having proven himself in the NHL. A lot of guys have made a career out of being a PP specialist who can't play defense to save themselves. Let's see if he can pick it up a notch above that level before anointing him.

Etem has played well in 2 games. Let's see how he does. If he proves he belongs (contributing way more than DSP or Rakell have) maybe he stays. If not, send him back. It's not forever.

Most people here just can't wait to see the next best thing and are anxious to play anybody drafted high. Let's not be rushing everybody. Patience is a virtue.

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