2013 Off Season/Free Agent Discussion Part III
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07-09-2013, 11:37 PM
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I was a big advocate for sending Nino back to junior. I was a big advocate for bringing Cizikas up before he was on many peoples radar, and I was a big advocate for bringing up Hamonic when everyone said he wasn't ready.
When they're ready, they will let you know.... and you shouldn't hold them back just because they're a certain age. Not if they're showing they are ready.
I can't argue that logic since I fully agree with the concept.
Here is my dilemma with Reinhart. He is a smart, crease clearing defenceman that is very good defensively in the whl at age 19.
To be a successful defensive defenseman in the NHL as a teenager or twenty year old you need to have filled out, have above average to great mobility and foot speed. excelling at either the physical aspect and/or the offensive part of the game wouldnt hurt either.
Unfortunately for Griff he is a work in progress in all of these areas, he's improving in some of these areas but not passable in NHL level for a 19 year old to get by. To me that is NOT ready for the role he would be needed to fill if he were to make it.
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