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Zucker debuted in the NHL at age 20 while Wellman was 22.5. That right there is a significant difference. The quicker you are able to move up against tougher competition, the more likely you will be able to succeed at the highest level.

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Zucker debuted in the NHL at age 20 while Wellman was 22.5. That right there is a significant difference. The quicker you are able to move up against tougher competition, the more likely you will be able to succeed at the highest level.
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Zucker debuted in the NHL at age 20 while Wellman was 22.5. That right there is a significant difference. The quicker you are able to move up against tougher competition, the more likely you will be able to succeed at the highest level.
2.5 years and I dissagree so if James Sheppard debuted in the NHL as a 18 or 19 year old he should be that much better then?

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2.5 years and I dissagree so if James Sheppard debuted in the NHL as a 18 or 19 year old he should be that much better then?
Could be wrong, but I think Jarick is comparing Zucker to Wellman in terms of collegiate success before jumping to the NHL.

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2.5 years and I dissagree so if James Sheppard debuted in the NHL as a 18 or 19 year old he should be that much better then?
I think he means rightfully move up. Zucker has already proven himself against the college competition, so now he moves up a level (to the AHL next year most likely). The Sheppard comparison is a bad one because he wasn't ready to be in the NHL at that age.

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Exactly, Zucker put up big points as an 18 year old while Wellman didn't hit college until a couple years later.

And Zucker now gets a look (not saying he earned a spot) at 20 compared to Wellman at 22.5.

I'm guessing the odds are if you make the NHL at a younger age, you are likely going to have a higher ceiling and last longer than someone who makes it at a later age. How much of that is causation and correlation I don't know, but you usually don't get 4th line grinders making the NHL at 18 and top line scorers debuting at 23 or later.

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It's a development league with older veteran players. Another option for guys who can't quite make the NHL either due to inexperience or lack of skill. And it gives NHL teams the ability to call up players.

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Zucker debuted in the NHL at age 20 while Wellman was 22.5. That right there is a significant difference. The quicker you are able to move up against tougher competition, the more likely you will be able to succeed at the highest level.
their style of play is different, Zucker will get his nose dirty and appears to be more sturdy with a better center of gravity, one of the few things that pissed me off with wellman was how easy he was to knock off the puck. Zucker seems to be able to protect the puck a bit better and plays a style that can make him a good 3rd liner if nothing else. Wellman couldn't be a grinder or checker, he needed to be in a top6 role and he didn't earn it.

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