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02-10-2013, 03:14 PM
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Rici
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Originally Posted by Sojourn View Post
It isn't just about the size of the rink. It's also about learning the North American game.

I'd also point out that the NHL is not a developmental league. Playing in the AHL is proven to help prepare players for the NHL, and it just isn't about being talented enough. Also, we're also talking about a shortened season, where giving a player time to adjust might well mean the season is over by the time they have adjusted. Teams are already hesitant to play rookies who are borderline, and that is in an 82 game season.
Playing in Europe with better players would benefit him more than playing in AHL. But, what can you do? He decided to leave now and I wish this was the best decision.

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