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09-05-2013, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by NAF View Post
Uh, yeah, it could also well be that the kid has only played like 60 games in the last 2 years and hasn't played in one since last October, almost a full year ago.

He'll be fine. All along, I've figured it'd take 40-odd games in OKC to knock the rust off and get back in form. He was never going to walk in and be a top-4 guy on the Oilers this season. That was always crazy talk.
The first quoted part is much harder to get over than what you deduced in the latter part.

Lets look at J Schultz, didn't miss any of his significant development, looked like a god in the AHL, and was undressed in the NHL in rookie season despite being much more seasoned, and NA seasoned, than Klefbom.

To say that 40 games in the AHL is going to get Klefbom right up to speed as if the last nightmarish couple years never happened is laughable. Theres simply no way that a young D, no matter how good, misses this much time and it doesn't have a profound effect. What \i'm saying has nothing to do specifically with Klef. Its developmental dynamic for any developing D. This much time missing in that early fold is very bad news. It literally stops development in its tracks while peers keep getting better.

How long do you think until he's even in the Oilers lineup. Just curious.

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