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Prospect Talk PART VI
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03-06-2013, 08:26 AM
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And to add to that, they are both 2 1/2 years post draft. How is that "fast tracking" ?
Well, we shouldn't forget that Nelson was about as young and raw a first rounder as you can take. You don't generally go from high school to NHLer within a 2-3 season span. That may have flown a bit a few rare times back in the 80s, but the physical and mental difference nowadays is, from a sports development standpoint, considerably different than it was some 25 years ago.
Niederreiter was already fast-tracked. Last season was more than enough proof of that, or does anyone disagree with that?
Look, I'm excited about both - especially Nelson - but whether particularly these two see time on the Island at some point this season or not (which is almost likely in Islanderville, especially once the team is out of contention), it isn't generally a clever move to have five or six rookies in the line-up at one time. The Isles already average around four on any given night at the moment. In addition, why, why, why have them here to take on a Reasoner-like role when they can be doing PP, PK and be on the ice for all critical situations down on the farm? These are things we want to see them doing successfully at the NHL level in the not-too-distant future. That has to be practiced and worked into the system.
If the true answer to this question is "because we're tired of seeing the Reasoners and Aucoins of the world", well that's just can't be good enough for taking them out of a situation that's better for their development.
Surprised too that, for a franchise that has an immense recent history of not bringing along a number of talents properly, a number of fans aren't happy leaving two AHL rookies right where they are - in the AHL.
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