Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Kreider and Mashinter recalled to Rangers
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10-24-2013, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by NYR Viper View Post
I just want to point something out that I heard last night that was kind of surprising to me. Shawn Thornton did not make the NHL as a regular until ~9 years after he was drafted. He would have been 27/28 years old. People wonder why the Rangers keep looking at Mashinter, those guys take time. Big guys who don't have a ton of skill but can keep other players honest.
A player has to continue to develop his skills--when he gets a shot he has to take advantage of it--find a niche. Have to be a good enough skater--have to be reliable defensively--have to be able to add an ingredient that the team lacks. That's pretty much how Thornton made it. Guys like Engelland or Matt Carkner--pretty much the same kind of scenario but d-men examples.

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