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03-21-2013, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Goldthorpe View Post
Honestly he couldn't even "shine" with good minutes in the AHL. I understand the power of motivation, but after three years, Avtsin should have understood he needed to perform in the minors first. I don't buy that he wasn't given opportunities by two (three?) different coaches.

It's sad, really, but hey, our late picks can't all turn into NHL regulars.
I agree with the last part. But I can't help but think that he was thrust int a whole new place, a whole new game (EU vs. NA hockey) and then when he didn't rip it up off the bat, he was benched, then demoted. But it's very possible he just stopped progressing. There's a reason he's a fourth rounder, not a top 3 pick, despite the chance that he could've had the skillset and success of a top pick.

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