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Decision Time Approaching For Young Rookies

from Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

For several marquee 2011 and 2012 draft picks who made N.H.L. rosters after abbreviated training camps, the audition will be over soon. Decisions will have to be made about, among others, Yakupov, whose team plays its fifth game Monday; Boston’s Dougie Hamilton; the Devils’ Stefan Matteau; Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk; Minnesota’s Mathew Dumba; Buffalo’s Mikhail Grigorenko; and Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau.

The larger question teams face, however, is whether keeping these young players will help or hurt their development.

“Eighteen- or 19-year-olds have to be physically mature — most of them are not,” Michael Santos, the Panthers’ assistant general manager, said.

“They have to be emotionally mature — most of them are not. And almost all of them are not both.”


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I think the main problem is there is too much of a dropoff from the NHL back to Junior.  The league should allow players of this caliber to be sent to the AHL instead of Junior.

It would be best for their development.

Posted by 13 user names on 01/26/13 at 06:40 PM ET

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