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02-17-2013, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by derriko View Post
Oh yes, in no way am I discounting the 120 games more experience Murray has/had over Jones in the dub before their draft year, but even with the experience I think Murray will be better defensively.

If only Jones had played in the WHL last year, I think he would be more refined, and be the unanimous 1st overall right now. Im not saying the USDP was bad for him, and I understand why American kids play for them, but I think if you are a top prospect that you shouldn't be in the USHL regardless.
The USNDTP only plays a handful of games in the USHL. It's a pretty common misconception that they're basically a USHL team. The U-18s play a ton of games against NCAA opponents and really gears up for international competition. I've seen nothing to suggest that top prospects don't face tough enough competition with the NDTP. Certainly don't see how Canadian Juniors is a superior development path considering most top American prospects have done just fine with the NDTP route as a 16 year old.

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