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04-10-2013, 12:05 PM
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Considering that our top prospects like Kreider, Miller, Thomas and Hrivik (and later Fast and Lindberg) are guaranteed to be in the lineup, I am certain they want to go deep. They will not take away late playoff games from them just to give early playoff games to Yogan, Bourque and Noreau. Even a guy like Talbot - you want to see how he fairs in the playoffs with a stronger lineup both attacking and defending him.

AHL playoffs is the closest thing you are going to get to the NHL. The bottom half of the league is gone, the play is physical, fewer mistakes are made, many NHL teams that didn't make the playoffs sent down their rookies and borderline players.

For the Whale in particular, given where they will finish (#7, maybe #8), to make the Calder Cup Finals, they will need to go through all the top 3 teams in the East. To beat the top AHL teams, some of which will be getting reinforcements from the NHL, would be a real accomplishment and a phenomenal lesson for our prospects.

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