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06-18-2013, 08:21 AM
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geehaad
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Originally Posted by Vagrant View Post
Here in Carolina, we've grown accustomed to any prospect showing a modicum of ability in the AHL being immediately thrust into the NHL rotation. "Roles" are loosely defined. If one defender goes down, you call the next best player up to the NHL "role" be damned.
Accustomed, yes, but I believe perpetuating it in your statements does a disservice to the way Carolina used its prospects this past year.
  • Brett Bellemore made his NHL debut while Jordan (who is higher on the depth chart) continued to play in Charlotte because Bellemore is a physical stay-at-homer, a role that the Hurricanes needed to be filled.
  • Dalpe remained in the AHL while Chris Terry got his first shot, even though Dalpe is top dog of forward prospects.
  • Riley Nash continued to center the 3rd line while Dalpe remained in the AHL.

And I won't even get into last season, when Muller took over as head coach, where many players got a few games with the big club to show their wares.

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