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02-11-2014, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by StaalWars View Post
You could argue that he would have been just as well served by putting in extra time in the AHL. I agree with your point about Torts though. He also wouldn't have been playing the point on the PP with guys like Perry, Getzlaf and Selanne.
It may have happened that Fowler spent time in the AHL. The Rangers do not have much of a history of rushing their draft picks to the NHL. Staal went back to the OHL twice and Staal is superior in every way to Fowler defensively. Del Zotto made it as a 19 year old but I'm remembering that happening with Renney as the coach and that the next year DZ was in and out of Tort's dog house and even down to the minors because of lapses in his defensive game. Fowler would have got the same treatment IMO. Meanwhile McDonagh was making a big splash. Neither would it have helped Fowler's offensive game much with the Rangers hardly spending any time practicing their pwp. Torts had his ways. 'Hagelin stinks on the pwp' but McDonagh didn't get any time there either and he is the Rangers most gifted defenseman. Fowler's lack of physical aggressiveness might have been another issue. It certainly didn't help Tim Erixon. Fowler might be a lot better in his own end--better at blocking shots and taking the man but the development of his offensive game would almost surely have been retarded.

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