I don't disagree at all. I'm optimistic about Ouellet and I was not one of the ones going nuts about Kindl. But I'm always cautious with prospects, because the NHL is just a very different game and the lifestyle is also very different. You just never know how guys will respond until they get there.
And I think it's insane at this point that we're not getting our AHLers into the NHL sooner. I'm not betting on any of them to be our saviors, but like I said, we don't know one way or the other until they get here and prove themselves to be a keeper, trade bait, or a waiver candidate. In this era of NHL hockey, you need to start figuring that out sooner rather than later. And you stand to benefit far more from those that will work out by getting them on the team a bit earlier.
There's nothing wrong with waiting for a player to be "ripe," but it's pure insanity to wait for players to become "overripe" in today's NHL.
Ugh. I just moved to Nashville over the summer and am already getting dragged to Preds games. If Kindl lands here, I'm going to take it personally as some sort of cosmic joke.
And while I'm a die hard Wings fan, I've got to give some of these Preds fans some credit. Quite a few of them really know the game and are passionate about it and their team, despite the struggles and lack of post-season success. They've got good attitudes. Plenty are fans who go to games because it's something to do and tickets are oftentimes cheap if not free, but it's been a better experience talking hockey with some of them than I really expected.
It's worked pretty good so far.
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