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05-29-2013, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by groovejuice View Post
Well that is not really what the discussion is. We are debating whether any pre- NHL success has validity.

All I'm saying is that scouts and GMs tend to think so and I agree. A winning experience at all levels is an accepted asset. No one is saying it is an absolute. Merely a widely accepted criterion.
Right, but "assets" like "success" only serve to develop intangibles; which impact how you approach your work at the next level, not necessarily how you ultimately perform. Every year handfuls of CHL champions find themselves on NHL rosters following their junior careers, but it takes pretty incredible performances to supplant an NHL roster incumbent with Stanley Cup experience... because success in the minor leagues does NOT guarantee future NHL performance to anywhere near the same degree as past NHL experience OR performance.

This is pretty fundamental. In conjunction other aspects including asset management/protection, this is why player salaries typically go up until a player is perceived to actually be on a physical or productivity decline, and why no one would sign even the most highly touted junior player to the league max before seeing him play an NHL game - even if the rules permitted them.

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