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Forum: Armchair-GMWed at 12:29 am
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pharrow</b></div><div>let me be clear on this for you.
The AHL allows the greatest level of player development any player can get outside the NHL. Mainly because it's the NHL's people doing those things.
Not the CHL, not a euro league, not the NCAA. The NHL.

It should not take a player 3 years to develop there, even at 18.
They have good facilities to gain strength, strength coaches, dietary help......the works.
Which is why so many teams send their young players there before entering in the NHL. But the reality is, most of those players may go there for 6 months, to a year before entering into the NHL. Not 3 years.
And spare me an age thing because it's not an age issue. 3 years of pro level coaching. And you haven't done anything with him. You let him sit.
It's not even a mark on the player at this point. It's the team itself killing their value.</div></div>

Maybe I can shed some light on Kostin for you. I’m fully aware of what the AHL is compared to vs junior leagues or college or Euro Leabo. The fact is it’s rare that an 18 year old has to play in the A. Kostin spoke no English at 18. Once his first year started the Blues lost control over their AHL team to Vegas. Vegas doesn’t care about Kostin’s development and rightfully so therefore his entire season was a very bad growth year.

He has improved each of the last two years and the only reasons he didn’t stick on the NHL roster this year is because the Blues have insane depth at forward and they could get by with keeping him in the A.

Playing in the A isn’t only about amassing stats. If you haven’t seen Kostin play at both levels and are only looking at a stat sheet I can understand how you form an opinion.

I think Kostin will be a top 6 power forward and personally I wouldn’t take less than a mid range 1st for him. This is a make believe trade. I welcome other opinions but it helps credibility more if you’re not just pulling stats alone.
Forum: Armchair-GMWed at 12:04 am