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07-04-2013, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by slipknottin View Post
Then he got sent down and replaced by a 28 year old Powe who they just waived because he was terrible.

They have a total fear of playing young players in the bottom 6. Let them make their mistakes, let them learn.
Powe's problems have stemmed more from his concussion history than anything else.

We aren't a rebuilding team. I agree that young players need to be able to make mistakes and not fear losing their game completely. But they also need to show that they're ready for the NHL. It's a fine balance between the two, but it's one that the Rangers organization has been walking pretty well in recent years.

Dubinsky, when he wasn't playing with Jagr, started as a 3rd liner.
Korpikoski started as a 3rd liner.
Callahan started as a 3rd liner.
Anisimov started as a 3rd, sometimes 4th, liner.
Hagelin started as a 3rd liner.
Zuccarello started as a 3rd liner.
Miller started as a 3rd liner.

Now, I ask you, who among the Rangers prospects during the last 5-8 years has deserved time as a bottom-6 player but didn't get it? Because I can hardly think of any. Dane Byers maybe deserved more of a shot, but he hasn't stuck anywhere else either. Who deserved it? Nobody did.

Your problem is that you seem to think that simply giving guys shots will turn them into NHLers. They have to earn their ice time. The young players that we've had earned their ice time. The ones that never made it didn't. It's as simple as that.

Also, you keep on talking about irrational fears, but the only irrational fear I see here is that the Rangers will sign the only goon in the UFA ranks this year in Brian McGratton.

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