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05-15-2013, 04:26 PM
Felix Unger
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Originally Posted by dej View Post
I'm not talking about pressure, what I'm trying to say is that AHL isn't THAT bad of a league. 20 min+ of playing will most likely give you more scoring confidence and adapt to men and an 82 game schedule.

The big guys usually take a year or two more to develop. Bjugstad played in NHL this year and was great, he would still serve better in AHL playing 20+ than a limited ~9-ish min
Oh, I agree. From my viewings, Bjugstad seemed a smidge behind the play offensively and very concerned about his assignments. So, the AHL to start gives him the freedom to develop offensively.

I guess it really matters what you expect the player to be. Nelson is going to be brought up with the expectation of eventually becoming a 3rd line center. With JT/Nielsen/Cizikas, we have the luxury of starting him at 10 minutes per night, and ramping up. He won't be counted on for offense, at least to begin with.

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