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Who became better players after playing with elite players?

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03-19-2017, 03:24 PM
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Who became better players after playing with elite players?

I've always found this intriguing, but it seems like winners breed winners and anything teams like the Hawks touch turns to gold. Most recently Connor Sheary is one who's really seemed to have elevated his game. Playing with the likes of Crosby must be like having the best coach in the world teaching you one on one every day.

I'm curious as to see what other cases are out there.

From my own team I'd say Kesler's game really took off after playing with Sundin. That half a season was well worth the money in terms of mentorship for him.

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Brad Marchand was put on a line with Patrice Bergeron, getting a bump from the 4th line.

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Patrick Maroon comes immediately to mind.

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I've always found this intriguing, but it seems like winners breed winners and anything teams like the Hawks touch turns to gold. Most recently Connor Sheary is one who's really seemed to have elevated his game. Playing with the likes of Crosby must be like having the best coach in the world teaching you one on one every day.

I'm curious as to see what other cases are out there.

From my own team I'd say Kesler's game really took off after playing with Sundin. That half a season was well worth the money in terms of mentorship for him.
I'm sure some would argue that Jamie Benn was already well on the path to stardom, and they'd be correct... but that lockout shortened season where Benn centered a line with Jaromir Jagr positively influenced his development, in my eyes.

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Hawks moved Panik to the right of Toews a couple weeks/months ago. Guy doesn't even look like the same player.

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Marchand. Plays with crosby in the World Cup and then has a breakout year.

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Marchand. Plays with crosby in the World Cup and then has a breakout year.
Toews deserves the credit on that one.

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Marchand. Plays with crosby in the World Cup and then has a breakout year.
I hate Marchand but he had 37 goals already last year, so it's not like his goal scoring this year came from absolutely nowhere. The big difference this year is assists, and I guess Pastrnak and a bigger role could have something to do with that.

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joe thornton learned his assist/playmaking skills from former bruins captain Jason Allison.

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Everyone Markov touches turns to gold.

Hard to deny that Thornton hasn't done wonders for San Jose's elite as well

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Oates taught all the oiler centers how to be good at faceoffs that one year he was in edmonton

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joe thornton learned his assist/playmaking skills from former bruins captain Jason Allison.
Phil Kessel learned how to skate from Jason Allison as well.

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Seth Jones coming from Nashville. Playing in that defensive system really prepped him for stepping into his #1 role in Columbus.

Also voracek playing with Jagr immediately comes to mind.

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I think both Huberdeau and Barkov have benefited greatly from Jagr playing with them.

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Richard Panik benefited very well from playing with Toews. From unknown forward to 20-goal forward. Lets see, what will he show in the next few seasons. If its only a flash moment, or he will be regular 20, or maybe 30-goal player.

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Alex Burrows with the Sedins,

Goes from AHL tweener to the most clutch player we've ever had

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Paul Byron...from waiver to 1st/2nd line and pp in Montreal...

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TJ Oshie has become a force of nature playing with Backstom and OV.

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Oates taught all the oiler centers how to be good at faceoffs that one year he was in edmonton
funny, I was coming to say that. Stoll in particular benefited and the entire team did, especially once Peca and Pronger joined the following year

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Paul Byron...from waiver to 1st/2nd line and pp in Montreal...
Paul Byron creates his own offence off his incredible foot speed. There's no elite players carrying him.

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I'm sure some would argue that Jamie Benn was already well on the path to stardom, and they'd be correct... but that lockout shortened season where Benn centered a line with Jaromir Jagr positively influenced his development, in my eyes.
I'd argue the opposite. That specific season was one of the more frustrating as a Stars fan. Especially having to watch Jamie Benn force passes to Jagr. Although I'm sure Jagr taught him some things about being a pro.

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