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02-13-2013, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Professor John Frink View Post
First every player is not the same. Palmieri was signed early because Anaheim wanted to more closely watch over him as he got into a few social "issues" at Notre Dame.

Second if you think that Roy and Palmieri are built the same and play similar games then you haven't watched them play.

Roy may be listed at 5'10 but the kid is more like 5'7 and much thinner than Palmieri.

I'd ask you, what do you think the big gain is to signing him as opposed to allowing him to play another year in college? Do you think he will jump right into the NHL or do you just think it will be better for his development?
That's purely the speculation of over-thinking hockey fans. He wouldn't have been signed if they didn't feel he was ready for the next step. If it was solely because of his off-ice issues that he wasn't to stay at Notre Dame he would had played in Guelph. Fact is he was ready for pro hockey and Roy should be too.

Everyone acts like these players are made of glass and the pro game will break them. Teams would like their players to sign after two season from their draft unless they are exceptional. Since Roy was passed over his first year this is his second year and I feel he's on track with that. If this kid can't hack it as a 20 year-old he's not going to have much better luck as a 21 year-old. The only benefit to keep a kid in the NCAA is if his skating isn't strong enough yet and that isn't the case with Roy.

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