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02-05-2013, 11:37 AM
Roy S
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Originally Posted by The Fading Captain View Post
When you're developing... you don't want to flatline for a year or two. You want to keep getting better and keep learning.

There's only so much prepping the AHL gives you...before you get to the point where you're learning the AHL game instead of prepping for the NHL.

If there are supporters of Ken Holland's "overripe" philosophy, I guess I'd like the list of players who've benefited from it?
It's been the organizational philosophy since Holland took over and no organization has been better. I'm not sure why there wouldn't be some supporters of it. It's also hard to list players who benefitted from it and those that didn't, b/c there are so many variables involved. Would Zetterberg have the career he had if he played in the NHL well before he ever made the Olympics and was immediately given a top line role? Who knows? It could have hurt his development in some way by giving him too much too soon.

It's also not about just playing in the AHL for awhile. Again, Zetterberg never played in the AHL but he played in the Olympics before he ever played for the Wings and there are few organizations where that would happen. It's mostly about bringing young players along slowly until they are definitely ready for a nearly seamless transition to the NHL so there is minimal hiccups at the team and individual level and then they are slowly added responsibility over time depending on their play. Once they reach that point and organizational depth isn't uneccesarily compromised- then they play in the NHL. Some guys never play in the AHL or are only there for a year or two before making an impact (like Darren Helm) and some guys spend a long time down there before coming up. Those that do spend a long time down there (like Kindl), it probably speaks to the organization's perception of their development and readiness for the NHL at that given time. If you compare the careers of players who had a quicker rise to the Wings than other prospects in the system, there is probably an effect that can be displayed that shows the best players are those who force their way in the lineup sooner rather than the Emmerton's and Kindl's of the world who had a long developmental cycle and have only depth roles at the NHL. Maybe the Wings overripe philosophy didn't neccesarily hurt them- maybe those players that take so long to come up just aren't that good regardless.

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