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01-06-2009, 02:58 PM
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A question about player development

To my knowledge (and do correct me if I am wrong!), forwards develop faster than defencemen and goalies (a la Pacioeretty), however, sometimes goalies make a quicker jump to the NHL.

My question:

In what order to players develop to be NHL'ers (forwards, defencemen, goalies)?


I ask because I want to know why Pacioretty is NHL ready and Subban and/or McDonagh are not (besides the fact that Pacioretty signed a contract)?

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To my knowledge (and do correct me if I am wrong!), forwards develop faster than defencemen and goalies (a la Pacioeretty), however, sometimes goalies make a quicker jump to the NHL.

My question:

In what order to players develop to be NHL'ers (forwards, defencemen, goalies)?


I ask because I want to know why Pacioretty is NHL ready and Subban and/or McDonagh are not (besides the fact that Pacioretty signed a contract)?
It realy depends on the player himself, but i think that everybody will agree that usualy Defensmen tend to need more time to adjust their game to the speed of the NHL.

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Depends the player really. Pacioretty had NHL size and strenght from his combine at the draft. Even if a guy like subban or mcdonagh can play in the NHL right now(Mind you not a regular shift), which is possible IMO, it wouldn't exactly do wonders for their development. Some players are raw, some aren't. Some have enough talent to bypass the need for seasoning in the minors. It's the way it is. Patrick Kane doesn't have NHL size or strenght, but hell, he made an impact asap. Generally though, forwards can make the jump easier than d-men and goalies. Then again, it doesn't mean a young goalie/d-man can't make the jump at an early age. People are usually lead to believe they need more seasoning or whatever, true, but while they take longer to develop, it doesn't mean they aren't NHL ready. A guy could play in the NHL for years but peak later, which is usually the case for D-men.

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