Canucks purchase the Peoria Rivermen (Post #162)
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03-30-2013, 12:11 AM
Join Date: May 2003
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If this trend continues somewhat, I wont be disappointed.
I used to be a proponent of play your young prospects as much as possible, but after observing our Manitoba affiliate my opinion has changed.
Losing is habbit forming. Players should not be handed ice time in the NHL (unless you're tanking), so why should the prospects expect any different?
If you want more ice, play better, work harder. Send the right message right from the start of their career.
Still, I'd rather Gillis have 100% control over which veterans get brought in to support the kids. It wasn't a big issue with the Wolves, but veteran slots in the AHL are limited and you don't want to waste one on, say, a winger who's popular with the local fans when what you really need is a centre.
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