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02-05-2013, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Brick Top View Post

I think it's ideal to have a bunch of veteran guys on your team for the young guys to learn from, and that's the case for the Wings. But at some point, the top young guys have to play for the Wings. Putting that off just delays those guys acclimating their game to the NHL level if they are ready, and that likely snowballs into delaying other talented young guys from hitting the Wings lineup.
Every year that Nyquist and Tatar aren't playing up, is one less year that they have to learn from and be mentored by greats like Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and other good leaders like Filppula and Helm.

That sounds like a great idea to me.

We used to pair legendary vets with promising youngsters. Datsyuk has always talked about how much he learned from players like Fedorov, Hull, Larionov, Yzerman. Zetterberg I'm sure did the same. Does anyone think you can play on the same team with a guy like Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg for 82 games a year and NOT become a better hockey player?

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