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Desjardins gets far more media questions/interviews here than Green would in Utica. Green didn't really say anything so specific anyway: getting better, confidence rising, would have had trouble a few weeks ago with conditioning, making a conscious effort to push himself, grind on him daily about his habits, see improvements. That sounds pretty similar to the platitudes we often hear in pro sports interviews.

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It was good to listen to the Greene interview.  I agree that maybe we need to chill a bit on Jake.  I would hardly say though that he has become a long term project because he is spending some time in the "A".  Even William Nylander spent most of last season with Toronto's farm team.

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6 hours ago, dpn1 said:

It was good to listen to the Greene interview.  I agree that maybe we need to chill a bit on Jake.  I would hardly say though that he has become a long term project because he is spending some time in the "A".  Even William Nylander spent most of last season with Toronto's farm team.

Getzlaf and Perry both have said their year in the AHL was a huge bonus in there development. I suspect it will be for Jake as well. Fans should not forget that this is the first year Virtanen is eligible for AHL play.  

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On 19/12/2016 at 9:16 PM, TheRussianRocket. said:

 

yeah its very true.  Willie is said to be a good communicator.  but I think he says it in a round about way.  greener seems to be able to articulate it more clear and concisely.   he will one day be a very good nhl coach.

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On 15/12/2016 at 5:21 AM, terrible.dee said:

Did he say anything Wille specific, or is it just raving about Green?

 

The kid is a bit of a politician, he knows WD may not be around by the time he gets there, and the most likely candidate to replace is the guy standing behind him

He has another good reason to rave about Green, Green plays him - WD benches him.  He has rewarded Green with 4 goals in his last 8 games.

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On Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 1:37 PM, Alflives said:

Where did Kesler's and Burrows start?  Where did the Twins start?  Guys do develop into top six roles, while learning in the bottom six.  

Thank God for the lock-out in 2005 so guys like Kesler, Burrows, Edler, Bieksa, Rypien, Hansen could all spend that entire year in Manitoba.

Worked like a charm.

When AV came to Canucks he kept Kesler/Cooke/Burrows on the 3rd lines for 2 years to build that chemistry, learn defensive side of the puck. That too worked like a charm as they were a hated but effective young line that was capable of stripping loose pucks and burying them while completely pi $$ing off the other team

 

It works for some better than others to learn in minors or the 4th line.

 

Take Horvat and Virtanen for the latest examples

 

Horvat started on the 4th line and WD kept him shackled there no matter how badly Horvat wanted to bust thru his glass ceiling. Not once did he complain or whine about ice-time. In those 10 mins per game he learned how to take face-offs, defensive side of the game and basically the acolades of being in the big and it's worked out perfectly.

Virtanen had been put in a similar situation and it didn't turn out with the same results as Bo. Imagine if it did?

 

Anymore comparisons you like to throw out?

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10 minutes ago, missioncanucksfan said:

Thank God for the lock-out in 2005 so guys like Kesler, Burrows, Edler, Bieksa, Rypien, Hansen could all spend that entire year in Manitoba.

Worked like a charm.

When AV came to Canucks he kept Kesler/Cooke/Burrows on the 3rd lines for 2 years to build that chemistry, learn defensive side of the puck. That too worked like a charm as they were a hated but effective young line that was capable of stripping loose pucks and burying them while completely pi $$ing off the other team

 

It works for some better than others to learn in minors or the 4th line.

 

Take Horvat and Virtanen for the latest examples

 

Horvat started on the 4th line and WD kept him shackled there no matter how badly Horvat wanted to bust thru his glass ceiling. Not once did he complain or whine about ice-time. In those 10 mins per game he learned how to take face-offs, defensive side of the game and basically the acolades of being in the big and it's worked out perfectly.

Virtanen had been put in a similar situation and it didn't turn out with the same results as Bo. Imagine if it did?

 

Anymore comparisons you like to throw out?

So we agree.  NHL teams do develop players on the big club.  

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18 minutes ago, Alflives said:

So we agree.  NHL teams do develop players on the big club.  

Gotta see who the player is, Yes there are players that develope straight out of the NHL but some players get there not because it's best for thier developement but because there are no other better players for the team that's available. We can say Horvat is doing this or doing that but imagine if Horvat spent a couple of years in the AHL rather than the NHL, wouldn't Horvat would have dominated the AHL and come out a completely different player? 

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7 hours ago, smokes said:

Gotta see who the player is, Yes there are players that develope straight out of the NHL but some players get there not because it's best for thier developement but because there are no other better players for the team that's available. We can say Horvat is doing this or doing that but imagine if Horvat spent a couple of years in the AHL rather than the NHL, wouldn't Horvat would have dominated the AHL and come out a completely different player? 

can't imagine what kind of a player he would be if he spent time in the AHL. he's already tearing it up in my opinion. and i think he's a beast this season. he's becoming an offensive player. on pace for 52 points. if he goes on any kind of streak in the second half. he could very well reach 60 points. and that would simply be fantastic for him this year. he's coming into his own. 

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