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11-01-2013, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by DeathbyCheerios View Post
Difference is other teams have good quality veterans for those 1st overalls. We didn't. So yeah they might in some way learn less in the juniors but I think the development could be better cause they aren't trying to learn things while also having tons of pressure to win at an nhl level.
Nah, they wouldn't have.

They were already dominant players at the junior level, and in situations where no one was going to demand accountability of players who could score at will. Without pushing them out of their comfort zones, they wouldn't have had the opportunity to grow as players at all.

Again though, it's a "what if" scenario that also ignores that 1st overall draft picks simply don't get held back in the junior levels.

The veteran player stuff is obvious, but not in the context that the players needed to be sent back to the juniors. The team needed to clean house and bring in hardworking transitional players to facilitate the development of the young players, but instead the kept around the entitled vets who helped create the mess in the first place, which led to locker room friction as players struggled or flat out refused to accept smaller roles. A situation that was compounded by ineffectual efforts by upper management to recruit quality players who could fill in the many gaping holes throughout the roster.

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