Bergevin: Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

He felt that his team was ready to take the next step. His very best players, or the highest paid, are getting long in the tooth. Some of his good young players have taken huge strides and there are more quality prospects to come. But the moment to take the next step, in Marc Bergevin‘s mind, was now. Enough with the talks about the goal being to make the playoffs. The Canadiens’ GM speech at the start of the season was clear and the playoffs were expected from him. With the additions and trades he’s completed, most observers around the NHL agreed.

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Kotkaniemi: He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Best

We’ve talked about it many times,. Fans being fans, they are quick at judging the development of a young prospect and often want them in too big of roles too soon. Fortunately, they’re not the ones at the helm of NHL teams as many of the best talent is being developed over time. The Edmonton Oilers have made a living of putting great young players in too big of roles too early in their career, burning them off and wrecking their development. With the exception of a few exceptional talents, it usually takes on average three to five years to determine the quality and depth of a Draft. And in spite of some fans claiming otherwise, the 2018 Draft is no exception.

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