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09-10-2013, 05:42 AM
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He said Nurse as a 20+min dman eating lots of top 4 minutes. I don't think it's unrealistic for him to not be there for 5-7 years considering how long most dmen take to develop. It's not like we're talking about Doughty or Pietrangelo here, Nurse doesn't play that type of game. I think he probably goes back to junior this year and next then possibly sticks on the team as a bottom pairing d man 2 years from now and works his way up somewhat slowly kind of like what we did with Smid.
Yep I get that but it's too pessimistic an outlook imo.
Here's the list of dmen that were younger than 23 when last season started and who played 20+ minutes for their teams last season...
Michael Del Zotto
No reason to think Nurse couldn't be part of that group that makes an impact before the age of 23-25.
edit to add.... In previous seasons even more dmen under the age of 23 have also played 20+ minutes. Obviously each prospect is a unique case but no reason to assume it will take Nurse until 23-35 to play those minutes either.
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