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02-28-2014, 04:16 PM
Join Date: May 2012
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Still not sure if leaving him in Juniors would have helped him.
Hind sight... sure maybe.
But he was thinking and doing the game at such a high level in Junior and the NHL when he first came in. Hard to say for sure if lost any development.
He might be 5 lbs heavier... Might be.
Yeah, he proved pretty quick that he belonged in the bigs. It's hard to look back and say we should of sent him down. It's just unfortunate the only chance of winning a game this team has is playing RNH against the tough matchups and hoping he can still find a way to produce despite being completely over matched physically. Even though he's struggled, the job he's done has been pretty admirable.
They are different style of players but look at the way Colorado brought in Duchene and has been able to break Mackinnon into this league. Neither of those guys got thrown to the wolves like RNH has had and had more experienced guys taking the tough minutes until they could/can prove they can handle it. Those guys will continue to flourish from that.
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