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03-19-2013, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by RedMenace View Post
Do you honestly think a year and a half is any indicator at all of what kind of hockey player someone is at the "professional" level? Playing against men and some of the most skilled players on this side of the world? One and a half seasons is enough to judge?

Okay, if you say so. Personally, I'd like to see 2+ years, but that would make some folks here absolutely riot.

They will be in the NHL right after this season of uncertainty is over. The Wings know what they have with those two, which is why they should just finish out their seasons with an AHL Championship.

Apparently, us "apologists" don't agree with you. Let them finish dominating the AHL this year, and give them a full camp and season next year. It's not that far away.
I know you are hung up on this second pro season thing but many college players, especially forwards don't take longer than one pro season to make it to the NHL, at least the higher end ones. Much of that is due to age just like with the Euro players who played professionally. There's a couple of cases on the Wings. One is Patrick Eaves who played all of 18 AHL games before joining Ottawa full-time.

The other is more obvious and a similar case to Nyquist - Justin Abdelkader. Like Nyquist, Abby destroyed the AHL during his second pro year(a point per game player) before coming to Detroit and he was never sent down again. Abdelkader got very long looks during his first pro season and it occurred during the playoffs. Nyquist has had a little time but the point is its not unheard of for the Wings to give a college guy a long look. They've done it in the past and other teams do it routinely.

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